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 escape escape

noun

  • ( ) the act of escaping physically  ( escape, flight )
    the act of escaping physically
     he made his escape from the mental hospital
    he made his escape from the mental hospital
     the canary escaped from its cage
    the canary escaped from its cage
     his flight was an indication of his guilt
    his flight was an indication of his guilt
  • ( ) an inclination to retreat from unpleasant realities through diversion or fantasy  ( escape, escapism )
    an inclination to retreat from unpleasant realities through diversion or fantasy
     romantic novels were her escape from the stress of daily life
    romantic novels were her escape from the stress of daily life
     his alcohol problem was a form of escapism
    his alcohol problem was a form of escapism
  • ( ) a means or way of escaping  ( escape )
    a means or way of escaping
     hard work was his escape from worry
    hard work was his escape from worry
     they installed a second hatch as an escape
    they installed a second hatch as an escape
     their escape route
    their escape route
  • ( ) an avoidance of danger or difficulty  ( escape )
    an avoidance of danger or difficulty
     that was a narrow escape
    that was a narrow escape
  • ( ) nonperformance of something distasteful (as by deceit or trickery) that you are supposed to do  ( dodging, escape, evasion )
    nonperformance of something distasteful (as by deceit or trickery) that you are supposed to do
     his evasion of his clear duty was reprehensible
    his evasion of his clear duty was reprehensible
     that escape from the consequences is possible but unattractive
    that escape from the consequences is possible but unattractive
  • a valve in a container in which pressure can build up (as a steam boiler); it opens automatically when the pressure reaches a dangerous level  ( escape, escape cock, escape valve, relief valve, safety valve )
    a valve in a container in which pressure can build up (as a steam boiler); it opens automatically when the pressure reaches a dangerous level
  • the discharge of a fluid from some container  ( escape, leak, leakage, outflow )
    the discharge of a fluid from some container
     they tried to stop the escape of gas from the damaged pipe
    they tried to stop the escape of gas from the damaged pipe
     he had to clean up the leak
    he had to clean up the leak
  • a plant originally cultivated but now growing wild  ( escape )
    a plant originally cultivated but now growing wild
  • verb

  • ( ) run away from confinement  ( break loose, escape, get away )
    run away from confinement
     The convicted murderer escaped from a high security prison
    The convicted murderer escaped from a high security prison
  • ( ) fail to experience  ( escape, miss )
    fail to experience
     Fortunately, I missed the hurricane
    Fortunately, I missed the hurricane
  • ( ) escape potentially unpleasant consequences; get away with a forbidden action  ( escape, get away, get by, get off, get out )
    escape potentially unpleasant consequences; get away with a forbidden action
     She gets away with murder!
    She gets away with murder!
     I couldn't get out from under these responsibilities
    I couldn't get out from under these responsibilities
  • ( ) be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by  ( elude, escape )
    be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by
     What you are seeing in him eludes me
    What you are seeing in him eludes me
  • issue or leak, as from a small opening  ( escape )
    issue or leak, as from a small opening
     Gas escaped into the bedroom
    Gas escaped into the bedroom
  • flee; take to one's heels; cut and run  ( break away, bunk, escape, fly the coop, head for the hills, hightail it, lam, run, run away, scarper, scat, take to the woods, turn tail )
    flee; take to one's heels; cut and run
     If you see this man, run!
    If you see this man, run!
     The burglars escaped before the police showed up
    The burglars escaped before the police showed up
  • remove oneself from a familiar environment, usually for pleasure or diversion  ( escape, get away )
    remove oneself from a familiar environment, usually for pleasure or diversion
     We escaped to our summer house for a few days
    We escaped to our summer house for a few days
     The president of the company never manages to get away during the summer
    The president of the company never manages to get away during the summer


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