Definition of avoid
- They have been avoiding me.
- avoid further delays
- avoid overeating
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.
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: 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)
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of yeast or being unsettled or frivolous
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