[ uh-void ]
/ əˈvɔɪd /
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
synonym study for avoid
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.
OTHER WORDS FROM avoid
a·void·a·ble, adjectivea·void·a·bly, adverba·void·er, nounnon·a·void·a·ble, adjective
non·a·void·a·ble·ness, nounnon·a·void·a·bly, adverbun·a·void·ing, adjective
Words nearby avoid
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British Dictionary definitions for avoider
/ (əˈvɔɪd) /
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
Derived forms of avoidavoidable, adjectiveavoidably, adverbavoider, noun
Word Origin for avoid
C14: from Anglo-French avoider, from Old French esvuidier, from vuidier to empty, void
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