ab·scond / abˈskänd/ • v. [intr.] leave hurriedly and secretly, typically to avoid detection of or arrest for an unlawful action such as theft: she absconded with the remaining thousand dollars. ∎ (of someone on bail) fail to surrender oneself for custody at the appointed time. ∎ (of a person kept in detention or under supervision) escape. DERIVATIVES: ab·scond·er n.
To go in a clandestine manner out of the jurisdiction of the courts, or to lie concealed, in order to avoid their process. To hide, conceal, or absent oneself clandestinely, with the intent to avoid legal process. To postpone limitations. To flee from arresting or prosecuting officers of the state.