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escape

noun

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1 the act or an instance of getting free from danger or confinement
  • a daring prison escape

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2 the act or a means of getting or keeping away from something undesirable
  • the reading of science fiction novels as an escape from boring reality

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escape

verb

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1 to get free from a dangerous or confining situation
  • everyone managed to escape from the burning building in time

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2 to get or keep away from (as a responsibility) through cleverness or trickery
  • a judge who is very determined not to let criminals escape punishment

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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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The first known use of escape was in the 13th century

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“Escape.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/escape. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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