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avoid

[ uh-void ]
/ əˈvɔɪd /
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verb (used with object)

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.

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Origin of avoid

1250–30; Middle English avoiden<Anglo-French avoider, equivalent to a-a-4 + voider to void
1. Avoid, escape mean to come through a potentially harmful or unpleasant experience, without suffering serious consequences. To avoid is to succeed in keeping away from something dangerous or undesirable: to avoid meeting an enemy. Escape suggests encountering peril but coming through it safely: to escape drowning.
1. avoid , evade2. avoid , ovoid
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British Dictionary definitions for avoid

avoid
/ (əˈvɔɪd) /

verb (tr)

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
avoidable, adjectiveavoidably, adverbavoider, noun
C14: from Anglo-French avoider, from Old French esvuidier, from vuidier to empty, void
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