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escape

noun (n)

  • the act of escaping physically (noun.act)
    Synonym: flight
    Example:
    He made his escape from the mental hospital.
    The canary escaped from its cage.
    source: wordnet30
  • an inclination to retreat from unpleasant realities through diversion or fantasy (noun.act)
    Synonym: escapism
    Example:
    Romantic novels were her escape from the stress of daily life.
    source: wordnet30
  • nonperformance of something distasteful (as by deceit or trickery) that you are supposed to do (noun.act)
    Synonym: dodging, evasion
    Example:
    That escape from the consequences is possible but unattractive.
    source: wordnet30
  • an avoidance of danger or difficulty (noun.act)
    Example:
    That was a narrow escape.
    source: wordnet30
  • a means or way of escaping (noun.act)
    Example:
    Hard work was his escape from worry.
    They installed a second hatch as an escape.
    Their escape route.
    source: wordnet30
  • a plant originally cultivated but now growing wild (noun.plant)
    source: wordnet30
  • the discharge of a fluid from some container (noun.event)
    Synonym: leak, leakage, outflow
    Example:
    They tried to stop the escape of gas from the damaged pipe.
    source: wordnet30
  • 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 (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • The act of fleeing from danger, of evading harm, or of avoiding notice; deliverance from injury or any evil; flight; as, an escape in battle; a narrow escape; also, the means of escape; as, a fire escape. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • A plant which has escaped from cultivation. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • run away from confinement (verb.motion)
    Example:
    The convicted murderer escaped from a high security prison.
    source: wordnet30
  • fail to experience (verb.communication)
    Synonym: miss
    source: wordnet30
  • escape potentially unpleasant consequences; get away with a forbidden action (verb.communication)
    source: wordnet30
  • be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by (verb.stative)
    Synonym: elude
    source: wordnet30
  • remove oneself from a familiar environment, usually for pleasure or diversion (verb.social)
    Synonym: get away
    Example:
    We escaped to our summer house for a few days.
    source: wordnet30
  • flee; take to one's heels; cut and run (verb.motion)
    Example:
    The burglars escaped before the police showed up.
    source: wordnet30
  • issue or leak, as from a small opening (verb.change)
    Example:
    Gas escaped into the bedroom.
    source: wordnet30
  • To flee from and avoid; to be saved or exempt from; to shun; to obtain security from; as, to escape danger. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To flee, and become secure from danger; -- often followed by from or out of. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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