verb (used without object), es·caped, es·cap·ing.
verb (used with object), es·caped, es·cap·ing.
- escape artist,
- escape beat,
- escape clause,
- escape hatch,
- escape key
Origin of escape
or escape key
Examples from the Web for escape
After the captain made the call to abandon ship, 150 people were able to escape on lifeboats lowered by electronic arms.‘We’re Going to Die’: Survivors Recount Greek Ferry Fire Horror|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The irony did not escape one local, Laith Hathim, as he stood and watched the newly minted refugees make their way into Mosul.Has the Kurdish Victory at Sinjar Turned the Tide of ISIS War?|Niqash|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Cubans are cursed whether they find a means of escape or remain.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind|Brin-Jonathan Butler|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He wants to know every external detail, even if the escape is ultimately to be shot on a sound stage.
Then when we arrive at his flat in Shepherd's Bush following the escape, perhaps there ought to be remnants of the ladder.
We cannot escape this tremendous solidarity of the human race.Maids Wives and Bachelors|Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
I was looking for Aryaka, in all the excitement about his escape from prison.The Little Clay Cart|(Attributed To) King Shudraka
Cuchillo fearing that his victim might escape him, now wished more than ever that he should join the expedition.Wood Rangers|Mayne Reid
But Ransom was no fool and, stepping back out of the way of temptation, he allowed him to escape without further parley.The Chief Legatee|Anna Katharine Green
If you escape, and I fall—Fanny—my father, he will take care of her,—you remember—thanks!Night and Morning, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
- a means or way of escape
- (as modifier)an escape route
Word Origin for escape
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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with escape
- escape notice
- narrow escape