Origin of escape

1250–1300; Middle English escapen, ascapen < Old North French escaper (French échapper) < Vulgar Latin *excappāre, verbal derivative (with ex- ex-1) of Late Latin cappa hooded cloak (see cap1)
Related formses·cap·a·ble, adjectivees·cape·less, adjectivees·cap·er, nounes·cap·ing·ly, adverbpre·es·cape, noun, verb (used without object), pre·es·caped, pre·es·cap·ing.self-es·cape, nounun·es·cap·a·ble, adjectiveun·es·cap·a·bly, adverbun·es·caped, adjective

Synonym study

7. Escape, elude, evade mean to keep free of something. To escape is to succeed in keeping away from danger, pursuit, observation, etc.: to escape punishment. To elude implies baffling pursuers or slipping through an apparently tight net: The fox eluded the hounds. To evade is to turn aside from or go out of reach of a person or thing: to evade the police. See also avoid.
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Examples from the Web for escapable

Historical Examples of escapable

  • They are the most escapable things we have ever tried to keep.

    Pond and Stream

    Arthur Ransome

  • On a craft like this every man instinctively knows what should be done in any moment of escapable peril.

British Dictionary definitions for escapable



to get away or break free from (confinements, captors, etc)the lion escaped from the zoo
to manage to avoid (imminent danger, punishment, evil, etc)to escape death
(intr usually foll by from) (of gases, liquids, etc) to issue gradually, as from a crack or fissure; seep; leakwater was escaping from the dam
(tr) to elude; be forgotten bythe actual figure escapes me
(tr) to be articulated inadvertently or involuntarilya roar escaped his lips
(intr) (of cultivated plants) to grow wild


the act of escaping or state of having escaped
avoidance of injury, harm, etca narrow escape
  1. a means or way of escape
  2. (as modifier)an escape route
a means of distraction or relief, esp from reality or boredomangling provides an escape for many city dwellers
a gradual outflow; leakage; seepage
Also called: escape valve, escape cock a valve that releases air, steam, etc, above a certain pressure; relief valve or safety valve
a plant that was originally cultivated but is now growing wild
Derived Formsescapable, adjectiveescaper, noun

Word Origin for escape

C14: from Old Northern French escaper, from Vulgar Latin excappāre (unattested) to escape (literally: to remove one's cloak, hence free oneself), from ex- 1 + Late Latin cappa cloak
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Word Origin and History for escapable



c.1300, from Old North French escaper, Old French eschaper (12c., Modern French échapper), from Vulgar Latin *excappare, literally "get out of one's cape, leave a pursuer with just one's cape," from Latin ex- "out of" (see ex-) + Late Latin cappa "mantle" (see cap (n.)). Related: Escaped; escaping.



c.1400, from escape (v.); earlier eschap (c.1300). Mental/emotional sense is from 1853. Escape clause in the legal sense first recorded 1945.

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Medicine definitions for escapable




A gradual effusion from an enclosure; a leakage.
A cardiological situation in which one pacemaker defaults or an atrioventricular conduction fails, and another pacemaker sets the heart's pace for one or more beats.
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Idioms and Phrases with escapable


In addition to the idiom beginning with escape

  • escape notice

also see:

  • narrow escape
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