Definition of flee
1a : to run away often from danger or evil : fly The family fled from the war-torn zone.b : to hurry toward a place of security Refugees fled to a neighboring country.
2 : to pass away swiftly : vanish mists fleeing before the rising sun
: to run away from : shun Many people fled the city to escape the fighting.
Examples of flee in a sentence
The family fled from Nazi Germany to Britain in 1936.
He was accused of trying to flee the scene of the accident.
Many people fled the city to escape the fighting.
He was forced to flee the country.
Origin and Etymology of flee
Middle English flen, from Old English flēon; akin to Old High German fliohan to flee
First Known Use: before 12th century
FLEE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of flee for English Language Learners
: to run away from danger
: to run away from (a place)
FLEE Defined for Kids
Definition of flee for Students
: to run away or away from Animals fled the fire.
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