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. an inclination to retreat from unpleasant realities through diversion or fantasy; " romantic novels were her escape from the stress of daily life"; " his alcohol problem was a form of escapism"
  8. 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
  9. the unwanted discharge of a fluid from some container; " they tried to stop the escape of gas from the damaged pipe"; " he had to clean up the leak"
  10. a plant originally cultivated but now growing wild
  11. issue or leak, as from a small opening; " Gas escaped into the bedroom"
  12. escape potentially unpleasant consequences; get away with a forbidden action; " She gets away with murder!"; " I couldn't get out from under these responsibilities"
  13. 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"
  14. fail to experience; " Fortunately, I missed the hurricane"
  15. flee; take to one's heels; cut and run; " If you see this man, run!"; " The burglars escaped before the police showed up"
  16. An apophyge.
  17. To flee from and avoid; to be saved or exempt from; to shun; to obtain security from; as, to escape danger.
  18. To avoid the notice of; to pass unobserved by; to evade; as, the fact escaped our attention.
  19. To get clear from danger or evil of any form; to be passed without harm.
  20. 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.
  21. That which escapes attention or restraint; a mistake; an oversight; also, transgression.
  22. A sally.
  23. The unlawful permission, by a jailer or other custodian, of a prisoner's departure from custody.
  24. Leakage or outflow, as of steam or a liquid.
  25. Leakage or loss of currents from the conducting wires, caused by defective insulation.
  26. A plant which has escaped from cultivation.
  27. To flee, and become secure from danger; - often followed by from or out of.
  28. 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.
  29. To flee from; get out of the way of; to come safely out of; to avoid; to be unaffected by.
  30. To get out of danger; to flow out; to slip away.
  31. A getting away from danger; flight; deliverance.
  32. To flee from: to pass unobserved: to evade.
  33. To flee and become safe from danger: to be passed without harm.
  34. Act of escaping: flight from danger or from prison.
  35. Act of fleeing from; avoidance of harm.
  36. To evade; elude; shun by flight.
  37. To gain safety by flight; be left unharmed.
  38. To flee and get away from.
  39. To succeed in getting away from something; also, to elude notice.
  40. A successful flight; deliverance from some evil.
  41. Issue, as of a fluid; leakage.
  42. 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.
  43. To free from and avoid without harm or unobserved; to avoid the danger of.
  44. To flee and be secure from danger; to be passed without harm.
  45. To flee from and avoid; to get out of the way without injury; to shun or evade; to avoid an evil, as punishment; to shun danger or injury.
  46. A getting away from danger; flight; excuse; evasion; subterfuge.
  47. A plant originally cultivated, now found wild.

Usage examples for escape

  1. How could she escape him? – The Salamander by Owen Johnson
  2. 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
  3. Something I must escape – Rose MacLeod by Alice Brown
  4. It was your own escape of which you told me. – Clementina by A.E.W. Mason
  5. For Helen's sake as well as mine, help Mr. Lessingham to escape – The Zeppelin's Passenger by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  6. You give me no chance of escape – The Betrayal by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  7. " And he managed to escape you after all," said Kitwater. – My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby
  8. I have no desire to escape – The Eye of Dread by Payne Erskine
  9. We didn't really hope that we could escape – Stamped Caution by Raymond Zinke Gallun
  10. He did not expect to escape trouble. – The Measure of a Man by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  11. Not a moment was to be lost, if he would escape with his life. – The Prime Minister by W.H.G. Kingston
  12. A pretty little girl would escape them every time. – The Man Thou Gavest by Harriet T. Comstock
  13. Was there to be no means of escape – The Lamp in the Desert by Ethel M. Dell
  14. You made your escape and carried off the despatches," he answered. – Paddy Finn by W. H. G. Kingston
  15. 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
  16. This was really a chance of escape – Fairy Tales from the German Forests by Margaret Arndt
  17. Of course he will escape – Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope
  18. It's the only chance of escape – The Auto Boys' Mystery by James A. Braden
  19. But here was no escape of any kind. – Where the Pavement Ends by John Russell
  20. Nothing ever seems to escape you. – Erema My Father's Sin by R. D. Blackmore