vb. To go in a clandestine manner out of the jurisdiction of the courts, or to lie concealed in order to avoid their process (arrest, prosecution, or service of process). To hide, withdraw, or be concealed. 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. To hide; to conceal or to leave with the fruits of a crime.