flee

verb
\ ˈflē How to pronounce flee (audio) \
fled\ ˈfled How to pronounce flee (audio) \; fleeing

Definition of flee

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

: to run away from : shun Many people fled the city to escape the fighting.

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web In California, the Dixie Fire became the second largest in the state's history, while the Caldor Fire forced thousands to flee from South Lake Tahoe in late August. NBC News, 9 Sep. 2021 The monstrous blaze forced thousands of residents in the city of South Lake Tahoe to flee last week as the fire was closing in on the popular resort area. Aya Elamroussi, CNN, 8 Sep. 2021 And lawmakers should devise a customized immigration status for those forced to flee the Taliban in the wake of the abrupt American departure from Afghanistan. Michael Posner, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 The Soviet Union had dissolved, and Tajikistan had fallen into a five-year civil war that left thousands dead and forced many more to flee the country. Washington Post, 7 Sep. 2021 Residents who were forced to flee South Lake Tahoe earlier this week remained evacuated along with people across the state line in Douglas County, Nevada. Sam Metz And Janie Har, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 Sep. 2021 Residents who were forced to flee South Lake Tahoe earlier this week remained evacuated along with people across the state line in Douglas County, Nevada. Sam Metz And Janie Har, USA TODAY, 3 Sep. 2021 Residents who were forced to flee South Lake Tahoe earlier this week remained evacuated along with people across the state line in Douglas County, Nevada. Fox News, 3 Sep. 2021 Thousands were forced to flee the region’s largest city, South Lake Tahoe. BostonGlobe.com, 2 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of flee

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

History and Etymology for flee

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

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

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15 Sep 2021

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“Flee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flee. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for flee

flee

verb

English Language Learners Definition of flee

: to run away from danger
: to run away from (a place)

flee

verb
\ ˈflē How to pronounce flee (audio) \
fled\ ˈfled \; fleeing

Kids Definition of flee

: to run away or away from Animals fled the fire.

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