verb (used with object)
Origin of avoid
Examples from the Web for avoid
There are reasons that European countries tend to avoid fluoride.
It is also important to avoid using the pope as part of a marketing strategy.Pope Francis Has the Pleasure of Meeting Angelina Jolie for a Few Seconds|Barbie Latza Nadeau|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
We try to avoid going away for too long, so we can check back in.
The pilot asked air-traffic control for permission to climb from 32,000 to 38,000 feet to avoid the bad weather.
As a result, many plants and animals have evolved innovative ways to avoid inbreeding.Mongooses, Meerkats, and Ants, Oh My! Why Some Animals Keep Mating All in the Family|Helen Thompson|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Halting a few paces away, Tracy motioned to us to avoid moving the bushes, but to approach the fence and look between the rails.Military Reminiscences of the Civil War V2|Jacob Dolson Cox
If you desire to avoid observation you can remain here until it grows darker, and then you can walk up to the mansion.A Bicycle of Cathay|Frank R. Stockton
Well get away at once, as nothing is to be gained by a stay in Nome and as, furthermore, we wish to avoid inquiries into our aims.The Radio Boys Rescue the Lost Alaska Expedition|Gerald Breckenridge
You ought to avoid entirely such a procedure in this last class of cases; for it is an abuse of the genuine purpose of Dialectic.Aristotle|George Grote
The breach was apparently healed, but rather to avoid a scandal than from sincere forgiveness.The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte|William Milligan Sloane
British Dictionary definitions for avoid
Word Origin for avoid
Word Origin and History for avoid
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.