- simple past tense and past participle of flee.
- to run away from (a place, person, etc.).
Origin of flee
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Examples from the Web for fled
The gunman then burst from the restaurant and fled down the street with the other man.Shot Down During the NYPD Slowdown
January 7, 2015
They carjacked a Renault Clio, took the car, and fled with it.Police Hunt for Paris Massacre Suspects
Tracy McNicoll, Christopher Dickey
January 7, 2015
His latest target has been Hajji Hassan, a Baluch drug lord who fled Iran and settled in Turbat in 2000.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
December 29, 2014
Vlad Burlutskiy is a civic and political activist from Russia who fled the country last year due to increasing threats.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015
December 25, 2014
Wahlberg fled from the scene and approached a bystander, Hoa Trinh, also Vietnamese.Mark Wahlberg’s Pardon Plea: A Look Back At His Troubling, Violent, and Racist Rap Sheet
December 7, 2014
“He fled, when Stephen made in to the rescue of my father,” said Dennet.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
He would have crimsoned to the eyes, no doubt, and fled from the virago.Way of the Lawless
Ah, could I have descended, could I have come down, ere he fled!
It is used by their prickers and huntsmen when the beast hath not fled, but is still in its lair.
The knaves led them from the stables, but fled without them.
- the past tense and past participle of flee 1
- to run away from (a place, danger, etc); flyto flee the country
- (intr) to run or move quickly; rush; speedshe fled to the door
- a Scot word for fly 1
- a Scot word for fly 2
Word Origin and History for fled
past tense and past participle of flee (q.v.).
Old English fleon "take flight, fly from, avoid, escape" (contracted class II strong verb; past tense fleah, past participle flogen), from Proto-Germanic *thleukhanan (cf. Old High German fliohan, Old Norse flöja, Old Frisian flia, Dutch vlieden, German fliehen, Gothic þliuhan "to flee"), of unknown origin. Not found outside Germanic.
Weak past tense and past participle fled emerged Middle English, under influence of Scandinavian. Old English had a transitive form, geflieman "put to flight," which came in handy in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. Related: Fleeing.