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abscond

verb [I] uk   /æbˈskɒnd/ us    /-ˈskɑːnd/

abscond verb [I] (ESCAPE)

to go away suddenly and secretly in order to escape from somewhere: Two prisoners absconded last night. She absconded from boarding school with her boyfriend.

abscond verb [I] (STEAL)

to go away suddenly and secretly because you have stolen something, usually money: They absconded with £10,000 of the company's money.
absconder
noun [C] uk   /æbˈskɒn.dər/ us    /-ˈskɑːn.dɚ/
A 14-year-old absconder from a children's home was found alive and well this morning.
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