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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb abscond:


Abscond (to depart secretly) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Barron's absolutely essential words for the GRE, which includes 300 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.

Definition of the verb abscond

What does abscond mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: absconded | absconding | absconds

  1. run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along

Alternative definition of the verb abscond


  1. [intransitive] To hide; to withdraw; to be concealed
  2. [intransitive] To depart secretly; to steal away, particularly to avoid arrest or prosecution
  3. [intransitive] To withdraw from, to leave from; to hide from
  4. [transitive] [obsolete] To hide [something] to conceal [something]; to take away [something]

Definition of the verb abscond for high school students

    to sneak away and hide
    • example: In the confusion, the super-spy absconded into the night with the secret plans.

The verb abscond is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.


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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Abscond

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Google previewObjective English (2008)

by Thorpe

Abscond means escaping from detention and mainly refers to embezzlement or theft in which property is illegally seized. 3. Exonerate means to free from accusation or blame. Format III In each of the following questions there are four words ...

Google previewThe General Evening Post (1757)


tr; Edward Shaw is under 30 Years of Age, tall and thin; pretty much pitted with the Small-Pox, supposed to abscond is a Russet Coat, and a brown Wig. Thomas Watson is about 62 Years of Age, Roman-nosed, long ...

Google previewPansegrouw's Crossword Dictionary (1994)

by Louisa Pansegrouw

carbuncle, cyst, fester, furuncle, gumboil, lesion, papula, papule, pimple, pock, pustule, sore, swelling, ulcer, ulceration, whitlow abscisicacid dormin abscond abandon, AWOL, bolt, decamp, desert, disappear, eloign, elope, elude, escape, ...

Google previewFlip Dictionary (2002)

by Barbara Kipfer

disclaim, disown deny oneself: abnegate, abstain deny or retract a statement or belief: abjure, forswear, recant, renounce depart: abandon, abscond, bygone, decamp, deviate, die, digress, disappear, divide, exit, expire, farewell, forsake, go , ...

Google previewThe New Dictionary of Legal Terms (1984)

by Irving Shapiro

abscond To hide in order to avoid legal process, to leave a jurisdiction secretly. abscond (corrections) recommended statistical terminology To depart without authorization from a geographical area or jurisdiction, in violation ...

Google previewCompact English Dictionary

by BPI

a swelling on the skin containing pus abscond accidental abscond (v) leave suddenly or secretly abseil (v) Page 11.

Google previewThe Unabridged Devil's Dictionary (2001)

by Ambrose Bierce

WORD Abominable Aborigines Aborigines Abracadabra Abridge Abridgement Abroad Abrupt Abruption Abscond Abscond Absence Absent Absent Absentee Absolute Absolute Abstainer Abstemious Abstruseness Absurdity Absurdity ...

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Abscond - to move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another. (Ambrose Bierce)
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Scrabble value of A1B3S1C3O1N1D2

The value of this 7-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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