escape [e skāp′, iskāp]
escaped, escaping [ME escapen < NormFr escaper, var. of eschaper < VL * excappare < L ex-, out of (see EX-1) + LL cappa, cloak (i.e., leave one's cloak behind)]
1. to get free; get away; get out; break loose, as from a prison
2. to avoid an illness, accident, pain, etc. [two were injured, but he escaped]
3. to flow, drain, or leak away [gas escaping from a pipe]
4. to slip away; disappear [the image escaped from her memory]
5. Bot. to grow wild, as a plant from a condition of cultivation
1. to get away from; flee from [to escape pursuers]
2. to manage to keep away from; avoid [to escape punishment]
3. to come from involuntarily or unintentionally [a scream escaped from her lips]
4. to slip away from; be missed, unperceived, or forgotten by [his name escapes me]
[ME escap]
1. an act or instance or escaping
2. the state of having escaped
3. a means or way of escape
4. an outward flow or leakage
5. a temporary mental release from reality [movies are her escape]
6. Bot. a garden plant growing wild
1. giving temporary mental release from reality
a) making escape possible [an escape hatch]
b) giving a basis for evading or circumventing a claim, responsibility, etc. [an escape clause]
SYN.- ESCAPE, as compared here, implies a getting out of, a keeping away from, or simply a remaining unaffected by an impending or present danger, evil, confinement, etc. [to escape death, criticism, etc. ]; to AVOID is to make a conscious effort to keep clear of something undesirable or harmful [to avoid crowds during a flu epidemic ]; to EVADE is to escape or avoid by artifice, cunning, adroitness, etc. [to evade pursuit, one's duty, etc. ]; to ELUDE is to escape the grasp of someone or something by artful or slippery dodges or because of a baffling quality [the criminal eluded the police; the meaning eluded him ]

English World dictionary. . 2014.


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