: providing a means of evading a regulation, claim, or commitment
an escape clause in a contract
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If you were being held captive by someone gripping the coat or cloak you were wearing, you might be able to get away by slipping out of it. This is the idea on which the word escape is based. Escape is made up of the Latin prefix ex-, which means “out of,” and the Latin word cappa, which means “head covering” or “cloak.”
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
They managed to escape from the burning building.
He needed a vacation to escape the routine of daily life.
She moved to the city to escape the memory of her mother's death.
trying to help people to escape poverty
trying to help people to escape from poverty
He succeeded in escaping punishment for many years.
A few passengers somehow escaped injury.
She barely escaped death when her car slid off the road.
Several passengers escaped without injury. Noun
The prisoners attempted a daring escape.
He celebrated his escape from his boring job with a long vacation.
She had a lucky escape when she wasn't injured in the accident.
She managed to avoid serious injury, but it was a narrow escape.
The door was locked; there was no escape.
Gardening offered an escape from her busy life.
an accidental escape of poisonous gases
trying to prevent further escape of liquid See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Employees who raise their paycheck withholding late in the year often escape underpayment penalties for the entire year, and the IRS has posted a calculator to help figure withholding.
Laura Saunders, WSJ, 25 Nov. 2022 Its broad base allows steam to escape easily during cooking, giving you a better sear on meat and enhancing flavor concentration.
Toni Sutton, Peoplemag, 24 Nov. 2022 But Sullivan explained that Kunkle had strong concerns that the chatty, politically connected contractor and part-time clown would escape justice through an insanity plea.
William Lee, Chicago Tribune, 21 Nov. 2022 Another said militants shot dead her brother for helping others to escape their area.
Declan Walsh Andrea Bruce, New York Times, 21 Nov. 2022 While billions of doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed and administered, a relatively low efficacy could promote new mutations and new variants that can escape the protection provided by vaccines.
Alice Park, Time, 21 Nov. 2022 By restoring his integrity as a cook in his final moments, letting Erin escape death is almost Julian's way of expressing his gratitude.
Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 21 Nov. 2022 But Tennessee was the only team that didn’t escape.
Adam Sparks, USA TODAY, 20 Nov. 2022 Untangling such interference hasn’t been easy given the number of respiratory viruses—coronaviruses, rhinoviruses, adenoviruses, RSV, and influenza are just among the best known—and the many infections that escape notice.
Byjon Cohen, science.org, 18 Nov. 2022
The escape of hundreds from Kherson came as the country paid homage to the millions of Ukrainians who died in a Stalin-era famine — and sought to ensure that Russia’s war in Ukraine doesn’t deprive others worldwide of its vital food exports.
Sam Mednick, Jamey Keaten, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Nov. 2022 The biggest concern for Wolverines’ fans during the week has been the status of standout RB Blake Corum, who was unable to play through an apparent knee injury after halftime of last week’s narrow escape from Illinois.
Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, 25 Nov. 2022 Gunn also said the special is the perfect escape from Vol. 3.
Chris Smith, BGR, 25 Nov. 2022 With thoughtful design in every detail, this serene escape allows for a simple way of life defined by moments of connection.
Robb Report Studio, Robb Report, 23 Nov. 2022 Cassian carts his friends to the shipyard, where Bix, Brasso, Wilmon, B2-EMO and Co. escape from Ferrix to Gangi Moon.
Lauren Puckett-pope, ELLE, 23 Nov. 2022 Opt for sweeping wood floors and ceilings to create a natural escape full of tranquility, like this living room by Karen Mills.
Helena Madden, ELLE Decor, 22 Nov. 2022 With its slim profile and crystal branches, your entryway or living room will instantly become a winter escape.
Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 21 Nov. 2022 The ten minutes of footage screened in Marrakech found a young sapphire miner narrowly dodge death in a tension filled nighttime escape before finding new work as a dockworker – and with that, the pull towards revolution.
Ben Croll, Variety, 18 Nov. 2022
One more benefit of recounting and recording your dreams is simply escape.
David G. Allan, CNN, 4 Aug. 2022 Both works draw a line between the anti-escape devices used to control the enslaved and the subtler constraints on contemporary Black dissent.
Julian Lucas, The New Yorker, 4 May 2022 If possible, collect the bat in an escape-proof container with air holes and take to a local veterinarian for euthanasia.
Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 8 Mar. 2022 On Wednesday, the 40-year-old stunt performer shared an update on his health after he was hospitalized last week following an escape act gone wrong at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, where the show is being filmed.
Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, 20 Oct. 2021 Authorities searched around Stevenson Park but could not locate Tidwell, who will face additional escape charges, the sheriff’s office said.
Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al, 4 Dec. 2019 Another epic escape act seems improbable, but can't be ruled out if Di Francesco gets his tactics right in Rome.
Stevens Griffiths, chicagotribune.com, 24 Apr. 2018 During his final three matches at the sectional, Skokna consistently employed a strategy of letting his opponent get escape points without trying to keep him down.
Patrick Kelly, chicagotribune.com, 16 Feb. 2018 The Saturn 5, which flew 13 times, had an Earth-escape payload capacity of more than 100,000 pounds, about three times the capability of the Falcon Heavy.
William Harwood, CBS News, 4 Feb. 2018 See More
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Middle English, from Anglo-French escaper, eschaper, from Vulgar Latin *excappare, from Latin ex- + Late Latin cappa head covering, cloak