verb (used without object), es·caped, es·cap·ing.
verb (used with object), es·caped, es·cap·ing.
Origin of escape
or escape key
Related Words for escapeflight, rescue, disappearance, freedom, departure, liberation, desertion, breakout, withdrawal, outbreak, fly, dodge, depart, emerge, avoid, evade, leave, slip, elude, run
Examples from the Web for escape
Contemporary Examples of 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.
Historical Examples of escape
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
- 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