- to slip or get away, as from confinement or restraint; gain or regain liberty: to escape from jail.
- to slip away from pursuit or peril; avoid capture, punishment, or any threatened evil.
- to issue from a confining enclosure, as a fluid.
- to slip away; fade: The words escaped from memory.
- Botany. (of an originally cultivated plant) to grow wild.
- (of a rocket, molecule, etc.) to achieve escape velocity.
- to slip away from or elude (pursuers, captors, etc.): He escaped the police.
- to succeed in avoiding (any threatened or possible danger or evil): She escaped capture.
- to elude (one's memory, notice, search, etc.).
- to fail to be noticed or recollected by (a person): Her reply escapes me.
- (of a sound or utterance) to slip from or be expressed by (a person, one's lips, etc.) inadvertently.
- an act or instance of escaping.
- the fact of having escaped.
- a means of escaping: We used the tunnel as an escape.
- avoidance of reality: She reads mystery stories as an escape.
- leakage, as of water or gas, from a pipe or storage container.
- Botany. a plant that originated in cultivated stock and is now growing wild.
- Physics, Rocketry. the act of achieving escape velocity.
- (usually initial capital letter) Computers. Escape key.
- for or providing an escape: an escape route.
Origin of escape
or escape key
- a key (frequently labeled Esc) found on most computer keyboards and used for any of various functions, as to interrupt or cancel the current process or running program, or to close a pop-up window.
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
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?
December 27, 2014
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
December 19, 2014
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.
She helped Geta to escape: they have both taken refuge in the Temple of Theseus.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
He went back to the farmhouse to tell Paul of his nephew's escape.Brave and Bold
He little knew how narrow an escape he had had of losing a third!The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
The rashness of such a requirement and statement can escape no one.A Theological-Political Treatise [Part III]
Benedict of Spinoza
True, the plant has enemies, like everything else, enemies which it may not escape.The Conquest of Fear
- 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
- a means or way of escape
- (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
Word Origin and History 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.
- 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.
Idioms and Phrases with escape
In addition to the idiom beginning with escape
- escape notice
- narrow escape