flee

verb

fled ˈfled How to pronounce flee (audio) ; 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

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 on the Web The man fled and t-boned a deputy who was in the process of turning around on the roadway to continue searching for the victims address and the suspect who the deputy knew was in the area, Sheriff Judd said. Elainie Barraza, Orlando Sentinel, 13 July 2024 Gentry was also accused of stealing a vehicle at gunpoint and shooting one of the occupants in the leg while attempting to flee the scene, however, authorities arrested him minutes later. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, 13 July 2024 The teaser shows an assassin attempting to take out Ross, which Wilson quickly thwarts before fleeing as more double agents enter the fray. Marc Griffin, VIBE.com, 12 July 2024 Another robbery was reported near the same spot on June 9 around the same time as the previous day: Police took a report that three men were robbed at gunpoint and that a man since identified as Valdez ordered one of the victims to the ground, and later shot at him before fleeing. Robert Salonga, The Mercury News, 12 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for flee 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of flee was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Flee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flee. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

flee

verb
fled ˈfled How to pronounce flee (audio) ; fleeing
1
a
: to run away often from danger or evil : fly
b
: to run away from : shun
2
: to pass away swiftly : vanish
the mist fled before the rising sun

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