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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.
Translations of “abscond”
in Spanish Escaparse…
in Chinese (Traditional) 逃走, 潛逃, 逃遁…
in Russian бежать, скрываться…
in Turkish izinsizce kaçmak, ayrılmak, sıvışmak…
in Chinese (Simplified) 逃走, 潜逃, 逃遁…
in Polish zbiec…
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