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verb (used without object), fled [fled], /flɛd/, flee·ing.
to run away, as from danger or pursuers; take flight.
to move swiftly; fly; speed.
verb (used with object), fled, flee·ing.
to run away from (a place, person, etc.).
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Origin of flee

First recorded before 900; Middle English fleen, Old English flēon; cognate with Old High German flichan (German fliehen ), Gothic thliuhan; compare Old English fleogan “to fly”; see also fly2

OTHER WORDS FROM flee

outflee, verb (used with object), out·fled, out·flee·ing.un·flee·ing, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH flee

flea, flee
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British Dictionary definitions for flee (1 of 2)

flee1
/ (fliː) /

verb flees, fleeing or fled
to run away from (a place, danger, etc); flyto flee the country
(intr) to run or move quickly; rush; speedshe fled to the door

Derived forms of flee

fleer, noun

Word Origin for flee

Old English flēon; related to Old Frisian fliā, Old High German fliohan, Gothic thliuhan

British Dictionary definitions for flee (2 of 2)

flee2
/ (fliː) /

verb
a Scot word for fly 1
noun
a Scot word for fly 2
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