verb (used with object)
Origin of avoid
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|William O’Connor|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Now, I think he avoided it because of something that happened a few months after he left.
“Words of condemnation and marginalization were avoided,” he says.
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?|Ford Sypher|September 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I avoided him and to this day I have not seen him in person since then.
I avoided his shaft, and as his horse bolted past on my left, I pushed him with my shield, and knocked him from the saddle.The Prince of India, Volume II|Lew. Wallace
I would have avoided this interview, could I have quitted England again without some information respecting them.
All saw the danger, and the boldest, even the stout Friar himself, avoided setting foot on the raft.Ivanhoe|Walter Scott
He seeks what he judges desirable, and he shuns what he deems should be avoided.Chaucer's Translation of Boethius's 'De Consolatione Philosophiae'|Geoffrey Chaucer
Having a weak constitution and defective sight, he avoided the conscription.Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 4|Charles Dudley Warner
British Dictionary definitions for avoided
Word Origin for avoid
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.