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.
Recent Examples of flee from the Web
Large groups of African-Americans fled the rural South for the cities of the north during a period known as (the Great Migration, which began in 1916.
The vast majority of the new arrivals were fleeing long-standing authoritarian regimes in Eritrea and Sudan.
After receiving the bag of pills, the suspect got into a dark, small, four-door sedan and fled the area.
The police chief said the SUV fled when an officer tried to pull it over.
Three men were arrested on the beach and the other two were taken into custody after having fled into Gillian’s Wonderland Pier, the Press said.
Both groups fled bloody civil wars tearing at the fabric of predominantly Muslim nations.
The suspects fled the scene in a white Honda Civic previously reported stolen in Kansas City, last seen headed southbound in the 8500 block of Quivira Road.
Days later, authorities would find and seize another 30 or so dogs that had been hidden from them, and several weeks after that, discover Vattimo’s girlfriend, Christine Calvert, had fled the state with even more dogs.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
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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