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Definitions of escape

  1. run away from confinement; " The convicted murderer escaped from a high security prison"
  2. nonperformance of something distasteful ( as by deceit or trickery) that you are supposed to do; " his evasion of his clear duty was reprehensible"; " that escape from the consequences is possible but unattractive"
  3. be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by; " What you are seeing in him eludes me"
  4. the act of escaping physically; " he made his escape from the mental hospital"; " the canary escaped from its cage"; " his flight was an indication of his guilt"
  5. a means or way of escaping; " hard work was his escape from worry"; " they installed a second hatch as an escape"; " their escape route"
  6. an avoidance of danger or difficulty; " that was a narrow escape"
  7. 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
  8. a plant originally cultivated but now growing wild
  9. issue or leak, as from a small opening; " Gas escaped into the bedroom"
  10. escape potentially unpleasant consequences; get away with a forbidden action; " She gets away with murder!"; " I couldn't get out from under these responsibilities"
  11. remove oneself from a familiar environment, usually for pleasure or diversion; " We escaped to our summer house for a few days"; " The president of the company never manages to get away during the summer"
  12. fail to experience; " Fortunately, I missed the hurricane"
  13. An apophyge.
  14. To flee from and avoid; to be saved or exempt from; to shun; to obtain security from; as, to escape danger.
  15. To avoid the notice of; to pass unobserved by; to evade; as, the fact escaped our attention.
  16. To get clear from danger or evil of any form; to be passed without harm.
  17. 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.
  18. That which escapes attention or restraint; a mistake; an oversight; also, transgression.
  19. A sally.
  20. The unlawful permission, by a jailer or other custodian, of a prisoner's departure from custody.
  21. Leakage or outflow, as of steam or a liquid.
  22. Leakage or loss of currents from the conducting wires, caused by defective insulation.
  23. A plant which has escaped from cultivation.
  24. To flee, and become secure from danger; - often followed by from or out of.
  25. To get free from that which confines or holds; - used of persons or things; as, to escape from prison, from arrest, or from slavery; gas escapes from the pipes; electricity escapes from its conductors.
  26. To flee from; get out of the way of; to come safely out of; to avoid; to be unaffected by.
  27. To get out of danger; to flow out; to slip away.
  28. A getting away from danger; flight; deliverance.
  29. To flee from: to pass unobserved: to evade.
  30. Act of escaping: flight from danger or from prison.
  31. Act of fleeing from; avoidance of harm.
  32. To evade; elude; shun by flight.
  33. To gain safety by flight; be left unharmed.
  34. To flee and get away from.
  35. To succeed in getting away from something; also, to elude notice.
  36. A successful flight; deliverance from some evil.
  37. Issue, as of a fluid; leakage.
  38. The act of fleeing from danger; a being passed without receiving injury; excuse; subterfuge; an evasion of legal restraint or the custody of the sheriff, without due course of law. Escape- warrant, a process addressed to all sheriffs, & c., to capture a runaway prisoner.
  39. To free from and avoid without harm or unobserved; to avoid the danger of.
  40. To flee and be secure from danger; to be passed without harm.
  41. A getting away from danger; flight; excuse; evasion; subterfuge.
  42. A plant originally cultivated, now found wild.
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Usage examples for escape

  1. It was your own escape of which you told me. – Clementina by A.E.W. Mason
  2. For Helen's sake as well as mine, help Mr. Lessingham to escape. – The Zeppelin's Passenger by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  3. How could she escape him? – The Salamander by Owen Johnson
  4. He did not expect to escape trouble. – The Measure of a Man by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  5. This was really a chance of escape. – Fairy Tales from the German Forests by Margaret Arndt
  6. You give me no chance of escape. – The Betrayal by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  7. It's the only chance of escape! – The Auto Boys' Mystery by James A. Braden
  8. Nothing ever seems to escape you. – Erema My Father's Sin by R. D. Blackmore
  9. Something I must escape." – Rose MacLeod by Alice Brown
  10. All the same, you made your escape. – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  11. They said important business called them away; but I am almost certain they made business in order to escape the duty. – From Wealth to Poverty by Austin Potter
  12. Of course he will escape. – Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope
  13. But here was no escape of any kind. – Where the Pavement Ends by John Russell
  14. " And he managed to escape you after all," said Kitwater. – My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby
  15. We didn't really hope that we could escape. – Stamped Caution by Raymond Zinke Gallun
  16. A pretty little girl would escape them every time. – The Man Thou Gavest by Harriet T. Comstock
  17. Was there to be no means of escape? – The Lamp in the Desert by Ethel M. Dell
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