- to keep away from; keep clear of; shun: to avoid a person; to avoid taxes; to avoid danger.
- to prevent from happening: to avoid falling.
- Law. to make void or of no effect; invalidate.
- Obsolete. to empty; eject or expel.
Origin of avoid
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Examples from the Web for avoided
By allowing him to live, Marshal avoided the shame of killing an unarmed heir-apparent.England’s Greatest Knight Puts ‘Game of Thrones’ to Shame
December 9, 2014
Now, I think he avoided it because of something that happened a few months after he left.Those Kansas City Blues: A Family History
October 24, 2014
“Words of condemnation and marginalization were avoided,” he says.Catholic Church Says It’s OK to be Gay, Sort Of
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 17, 2014
Even as President Obama has avoided getting the military more involved in Iraq, the mission has gradually expanded.Are American Troops Already Fighting on the Front Lines in Iraq?
September 2, 2014
I avoided him and to this day I have not seen him in person since then.The Porn Party Where War Machine Went Ballistic
August 20, 2014
If it may be avoided, I will not see the whole of your youth consumed in anxious watchings.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
I avoided the house of Mr Clayton, and absented myself from his chapel.
The truth could not be concealed, nor the contemplation of it avoided.Fragments from The Journal of a Solitary Man
They are not necessary; they might be avoided; at their worst they could be tempered.The Conquest of Fear
Then the danger of getting too much coloring will be avoided.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
- to keep out of the way of
- to refrain from doing
- to prevent from happeningto avoid damage to machinery
- law to make (a plea, contract, etc) void; invalidate; quash
- obsolete to expel
- obsolete to depart from
Word Origin and History for avoided
c.1300, from Anglo-French avoider "to clear out, withdraw (oneself)," partially anglicized from Old French esvuidier "to empty out," from es- "out" (see ex-) + vuidier "to be empty," from voide "empty, vast, wide, hollow, waste" (see void (adj.)). Originally a law term; modern sense of "have nothing to do with" also was in Middle English and corresponds to Old French eviter with which it was perhaps confused. Meaning "escape, evade" first attested 1520s. Related: Avoided; avoiding.