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avoid

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1 to get or keep away from (as a responsibility) through cleverness or trickery

  • trying to avoid writing thank-you notes for the gifts he didnʼt like
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fight shy of, keep clear of, stay clear of, steer clear of

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2 to put an end to by formal action

  • asked the court to avoid the contract because it was signed under duress
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do away with, set aside

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Synonym Discussion of avoid

escape, avoid, evade, elude, shun, eschew mean to get away or keep away from something. escape stresses the fact of getting away or being passed by not necessarily through effort or by conscious intent.
    • nothing escapes her sharp eyes
avoid stresses forethought and caution in keeping clear of danger or difficulty.
    • try to avoid past errors
evade implies adroitness, ingenuity, or lack of scruple in escaping or avoiding.
    • evaded the question by changing the subject
elude implies a slippery or baffling quality in the person or thing that escapes.
    • what she sees in him eludes me
shun often implies an avoiding as a matter of habitual practice or policy and may imply repugnance or abhorrence.
    • you have shunned your responsibilities
eschew implies an avoiding or abstaining from as unwise or distasteful.
    • a playwright who eschews melodrama


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