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 in a sentence
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
AVOID Defined for Kids
Definition of avoid for Students
1 : to keep away from <Are you avoiding me?>
2 : to keep from happening <avoid mistakes>
3 : to keep from doing or being <Brian turned back to avoid embarrassing the pilot … — Gary Paulsen, Hatchet>
Legal Definition of avoid
1 : to make void or undo : annul <the trustee may avoid any transfer of interest of the debtor in property — U.S. Code>
2 : to respond to (an allegation or averment) by declaring that facts alleged do not result in liability <averments in a pleading to which no responsive pleading is required or permitted shall be taken as denied or avoided — U.S. Code> — see also confession and avoidance — compare deny
3 : to prevent the occurrence of or responsibility for esp. through lawful means <avoid a tax> — compare evade
Origin of avoid
modification of Old French esvuider to destroy, literally, to empty, from es- out + vuider to empty
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