- (intransitive, reflexive) To flee, often secretly; to steal away, particularly to avoid arrest or prosecution. [From mid 16th century.]
- (transitive) To evade, to hide or flee from.
"The captain absconded his responsibility"
- (intransitive, reflexive, archaic) To hide, to be in hiding or concealment.
- (transitive, obsolete) To conceal; to take away. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
- (intransitive) To withdraw from. [From mid 16th century.]