- to slip or get away, as from confinement or restraint; gain or regain liberty: to escape from jail.
- to slip away from pursuit or peril; avoid capture, punishment, or any threatened evil.
- to issue from a confining enclosure, as a fluid.
- to slip away; fade: The words escaped from memory.
- Botany. (of an originally cultivated plant) to grow wild.
- (of a rocket, molecule, etc.) to achieve escape velocity.
- to slip away from or elude (pursuers, captors, etc.): He escaped the police.
- to succeed in avoiding (any threatened or possible danger or evil): She escaped capture.
- to elude (one's memory, notice, search, etc.).
- to fail to be noticed or recollected by (a person): Her reply escapes me.
- (of a sound or utterance) to slip from or be expressed by (a person, one's lips, etc.) inadvertently.
- an act or instance of escaping.
- the fact of having escaped.
- a means of escaping: We used the tunnel as an escape.
- avoidance of reality: She reads mystery stories as an escape.
- leakage, as of water or gas, from a pipe or storage container.
- Botany. a plant that originated in cultivated stock and is now growing wild.
- Physics, Rocketry. the act of achieving escape velocity.
- (usually initial capital letter) Computers. Escape key.
- for or providing an escape: an escape route.
Origin of escape
Examples from the Web for escaped
He then escaped from his detention and arrived on Tverskaya Avenue to join his supporters.Russia’s Rebel In Chief Escapes House Arrest
December 30, 2014
Fourteen years this woman had spent with Rigondeaux before he escaped.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind
December 19, 2014
Patrick, who is openly gay and escaped the church with Fenner, is coming to their defense.Beaten By His Church for Being Gay
December 16, 2014
Some of them, including Kurnosova, escaped the country as they faced a possible jail term for their opposition activity.Russians Plot Exiled Government in Kiev
December 16, 2014
As Monday turned to Tuesday morning, five hostages had escaped and the Central Business District had turned into a ghost town.Jihadi Siege in Sydney Ends in Gunfight
Courtney Subramanian, Lennox Samuels, Chris Allbritton
December 15, 2014
How I closed the argument—the conversation and the interview—and escaped from her, I know not.
The inside of the church was then burnt, and hardly one escaped.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
A society that had escaped from fear would escape from their control.The Conquest of Fear
This father would not even look at the son that had but just escaped the jaws of death!Weighed and Wanting
The Causses, owing to their isolated position, may be said to have escaped a history.The Roof of France
- to get away or break free from (confinements, captors, etc)the lion escaped from the zoo
- to manage to avoid (imminent danger, punishment, evil, etc)to escape death
- (intr usually foll by from) (of gases, liquids, etc) to issue gradually, as from a crack or fissure; seep; leakwater was escaping from the dam
- (tr) to elude; be forgotten bythe actual figure escapes me
- (tr) to be articulated inadvertently or involuntarilya roar escaped his lips
- (intr) (of cultivated plants) to grow wild
- the act of escaping or state of having escaped
- avoidance of injury, harm, etca narrow escape
- a means or way of escape
- (as modifier)an escape route
- a means of distraction or relief, esp from reality or boredomangling provides an escape for many city dwellers
- a gradual outflow; leakage; seepage
- Also called: escape valve, escape cock a valve that releases air, steam, etc, above a certain pressure; relief valve or safety valve
- a plant that was originally cultivated but is now growing wild
Word Origin and History for escaped
c.1300, from Old North French escaper, Old French eschaper (12c., Modern French échapper), from Vulgar Latin *excappare, literally "get out of one's cape, leave a pursuer with just one's cape," from Latin ex- "out of" (see ex-) + Late Latin cappa "mantle" (see cap (n.)). Related: Escaped; escaping.
c.1400, from escape (v.); earlier eschap (c.1300). Mental/emotional sense is from 1853. Escape clause in the legal sense first recorded 1945.
- A gradual effusion from an enclosure; a leakage.
- A cardiological situation in which one pacemaker defaults or an atrioventricular conduction fails, and another pacemaker sets the heart's pace for one or more beats.