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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ab·scond v. i. [imp. & p. p. Absconded; p. pr. & vb. n. Absconding.]
 1. To hide, withdraw, or be concealed.
    The marmot absconds all winter.   --Ray.
 2. To depart clandestinely; to steal off and secrete one's self; -- used especially of persons who withdraw to avoid a legal process; as, an absconding debtor.
    That very homesickness which, in regular armies, drives so many recruits to abscond.   --Macaulay.