Definitions for escape

Definitions for (noun) escape

Main entry: escape, flight

Definition: the act of escaping physically

Usage: he made his escape from the mental hospital; the canary escaped from its cage; his flight was an indication of his guilt

Main entry: escape

Definition: a means or way of escaping

Usage: hard work was his escape from worry; they installed a second hatch as an escape; their escape route

Main entry: escape

Definition: an avoidance of danger or difficulty

Usage: that was a narrow escape

Main entry: escape, escapism

Definition: an inclination to retreat from unpleasant realities through diversion or fantasy

Usage: romantic novels were her escape from the stress of daily life; his alcohol problem was a form of escapism

Main entry: dodging, evasion, escape

Definition: nonperformance of something distasteful (as by deceit or trickery) that you are supposed to do

Usage: his evasion of his clear duty was reprehensible; that escape from the consequences is possible but unattractive

Main entry: safety valve, relief valve, escape, escape cock, escape valve

Definition: 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

Main entry: escape, outflow, leak, leakage

Definition: the discharge of a fluid from some container

Usage: they tried to stop the escape of gas from the damaged pipe; he had to clean up the leak

Main entry: escape

Definition: a plant originally cultivated but now growing wild

Definitions for (verb) escape

Main entry: escape

Definition: issue or leak, as from a small opening

Usage: Gas escaped into the bedroom

Main entry: escape, miss

Definition: fail to experience

Usage: Fortunately, I missed the hurricane

Main entry: escape, get away, get by, get off, get out

Definition: escape potentially unpleasant consequences; get away with a forbidden action

Usage: She gets away with murder!; I couldn't get out from under these responsibilities

Main entry: escape, break loose, get away

Definition: run away from confinement

Usage: The convicted murderer escaped from a high security prison

Main entry: head for the hills, hightail it, escape, fly the coop, lam, break away, bunk, run, run away, scarper, scat, take to the woods, turn tail

Definition: flee; take to one's heels; cut and run

Usage: If you see this man, run!; The burglars escaped before the police showed up

Main entry: escape, get away

Definition: remove oneself from a familiar environment, usually for pleasure or diversion

Usage: We escaped to our summer house for a few days; The president of the company never manages to get away during the summer

Main entry: elude, escape

Definition: be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by

Usage: What you are seeing in him eludes me

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