v. leave quickly and secretly and hide oneself, often to avoid arrest or prosecution
The teller who did abscond with the bonds went un-captured until someone recognized him from his photograph on "America's Most Wanted.".
Sentence in Classic:
And of these, again, some have absconded; wherefore they too must be reckoned as dead, seeing that, were one to enter process against them, the costs would end in the property having to pass en bloc to the legal authorities.
Dead Souls By Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol Context
There he was before me, in motley, as though he had absconded from a troupe of mimes, enthusiastic, fabulous.
Heart of Darkness By Joseph Conrad Context
At last we were getting something positive, and yet it seemed a long gap between an absconding banker and Captain Peter Carey pinned against the wall with one of his own harpoons.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
And, indeed, the merchants tell many a true tale of shiftlessness and cheating; of cotton picked at night, mules disappearing, and tenants absconding.
The Souls of Black Folk By W. E. B. Du Bois Context