escape
I. verb (escaped; escaping) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French escaper, eschaper, from Vulgar Latin *excappare, from Latin ex- + Late Latin cappa head covering, cloak Date: 13th century intransitive verb 1. a. to get away (as by flight) <
escaped from prison
>
b. to issue from confinement <
gas is escaping
>
c. of a plant to run wild from cultivation 2. to avoid a threatening evil <
the boat sank but the crew escaped
>
transitive verb 1. to get free of ; break away from <
escape the jungle
>
<
escape the solar system
>
2. to get or stay out of the way of ; avoid <
efforts to escape poverty
>
3. to fail to be noticed or recallable by <
his name escapes me
>
4. a. to issue from <
a smile escaped me
>
b. to be uttered involuntarily by <
a sigh of relief escaped her
>
escaper noun Synonyms: escape, avoid, evade, elude, shun, eschew mean to get away or keep away from something. escape stresses the fact of getting away or being passed by not necessarily through effort or by conscious intent <
nothing escapes her sharp eyes
>
. avoid stresses forethought and caution in keeping clear of danger or difficulty <
try to avoid past errors
>
. evade implies adroitness, ingenuity, or lack of scruple in escaping or avoiding <
evaded the question by changing the subject
>
. elude implies a slippery or baffling quality in the person or thing that escapes <
what she sees in him eludes me
>
. shun often implies an avoiding as a matter of habitual practice or policy and may imply repugnance or abhorrence <
you have shunned your responsibilities
>
. eschew implies an avoiding or abstaining from as unwise or distasteful <
a playwright who eschews melodrama
>
. II. noun Date: 14th century 1. an act or instance of escaping: as a. flight from confinement b. evasion of something undesirable c. leakage or outflow especially of a fluid d. distraction or relief from routine or reality 2. a means of escape 3. a cultivated plant run wild III. adjective Date: 1817 1. providing a means of escape <
escape literature
>
2. providing a means of evading a regulation, claim, or commitment <
an escape clause in a contract
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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