Definition of flee
- The family fled from the war-torn zone.
- Refugees fled to a neighboring country.
- mists fleeing before the rising sun
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.
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First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
drop out of sight;
: to run away from danger
: to run away from (a place)
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without deliberation, pause, or delay
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