flee

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verb (used without object), fled, 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.).

Origin of flee

before 900; Middle English fleen, Old English flēon; cognate with Old High German flichan (German fliehen), Gothic thliuhan; compare Old English fleogan to fly1

SYNONYMS FOR flee

Related forms

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

Can be confused

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

flee

1
/ (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

fleer, noun

Word Origin for flee

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

British Dictionary definitions for flees (2 of 2)

flee

2
/ (fliː) /

verb

a Scot word for fly 1

noun

a Scot word for fly 2
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