Simple Definition of avoid
: to stay away from (someone or something)
: to prevent the occurrence of (something bad, unpleasant, etc.)
: to keep yourself from doing (something) or participating in (something)
Full Definition of avoid
Examples of avoid
Why do you keep avoiding me?
She took a detour to avoid the heavy traffic.
They successfully avoided each other for days.
He tried hard to avoid accidents.
We need to avoid further delays.
He was caught trying to avoid arrest.
in an effort to avoid confusion
I'm not going to be late if I can avoid it.
How can I avoid paying too much tax?
I am trying to avoid showing any hint of favoritism.
Origin of avoid
Middle English, from Anglo-French avoider, alteration of Old French esvuider, from es- (from Latin ex-) + vuider to empty — more at void
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of avoid
Rhymes with avoid
android, chancroid, colloid, conoid, crinoid, cuboid, cycloid, deltoid, dendroid, devoid, discoid, factoid, fibroid, fungoid, ganoid, globoid, hydroid, hypnoid, keloid, mastoid, mucoid, ovoid, prismoid, pygmoid, rhizoid, rhomboid, schizoid, scombroid, sigmoid, spheroid, steroid, styloid, tabloid, thalloid, thyroid, toroid, toxoid, trochoid, typhoid, Veddoid, viroid
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