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absconding


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Abscond  \Ab*scond"\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Absconded};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Absconding}.]  [L.  abscondere  to  hide;  ab  abs  + 
  condere  to  lay  up  con  +  d[a^]re  (only  in  comp.)  to  put  Cf 
  {Do}.] 
  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. 




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