flee

verb \ ˈflē \

Definition of flee

fled play \ˈfled\; fleeing
intransitive verb
1 a :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
transitive verb
:to run away from :shun
  • Many people fled the city to escape the fighting.

Examples of flee in a Sentence

  1. The family fled from Nazi Germany to Britain in 1936.

  2. He was accused of trying to flee the scene of the accident.

  3. Many people fled the city to escape the fighting.

  4. He was forced to flee the country.

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Origin and Etymology of flee

Middle English flen, from Old English flēon; akin to Old High German fliohan to flee

flee Synonyms

Synonyms
dematerialize, dissolve, evanesce, evaporate, fade, disappear, fly, go (away), melt, sink, vanish
Antonyms
appear, materialize
Related Words
blank (out), clear, die (away or down or out), disperse, dissipate, dissolve, dry up; blur, dim
Near Antonyms
arrive, break out, come out, emerge, issue, loom, show up


FLEE Defined for English Language Learners

flee

verb

Definition of flee for English Language Learners

  • : to run away from danger

  • : to run away from (a place)


FLEE Defined for Kids

flee

verb \ ˈflē \

Definition of flee for Students

fled \ˈfled\; fleeing
:to run away or away from
  • Animals fled the fire.


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