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Definition of escape verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they escape
    he / she / it escapes
    past simple escaped
    -ing form escaping
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  1. 1[intransitive] to get away from a place where you have been kept as a prisoner or not allowed to leave Two prisoners have escaped. They were caught trying to escape. escape from somebody/something He escaped from prison this morning.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] to get away from an unpleasant or dangerous situation escape (from something) She managed to escape from the burning car. escape (into something) (figurative) As a child, he would often escape into a dream world of his own. escape something They were glad to have escaped the clutches of winter for another year.
  3. 3[transitive, no passive] to avoid something unpleasant or dangerous escape something She was lucky to escape punishment. The pilot escaped death by seconds. There was no escaping the fact that he was overweight. escape doing something He narrowly escaped being killed.
  4. 4[intransitive] to suffer no harm or less harm than you would expect escape (with something) I was lucky to escape with minor injuries. + adj. Both drivers escaped unhurt.
  5. 5[transitive, no passive] escape somebody/something to be forgotten or not noticed Her name escapes me (= I can't remember it). It might have escaped your notice, but I'm very busy at the moment.
  6. 6[intransitive] (of gases, liquids, etc.) to get out of a container, especially through a hole or crack Put a lid on to prevent heat from escaping. toxic waste escaping into the ocean
  7. 7[transitive, intransitive] escape (something) (of a sound) to come out from your mouth without you intending it to A groan escaped her lips.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: escape