- 1 to prevent something bad from happening avoid something The accident could have been avoided. They narrowly avoided defeat. The name was changed to avoid confusion with another firm. avoid doing something They built a wall to avoid soil being washed away.
- 2 to keep away from somebody/something; to try not to do something avoid somebody/something He's been avoiding me all week. She kept avoiding my eyes (= avoided looking at me). I left early to avoid the rush hour. avoid doing something I've been avoiding getting down to work all day. You should avoid mentioning his divorce. More Like This Verbs usually followed by -ing forms avoid, consider, delay, deny, enjoy, escape, finish, give up, imagine, involve, mention, mind, miss, postpone, practise, resist, risk, suggestSee worksheet.
- 3 avoid something to prevent yourself from hitting something The car swerved to avoid a cat. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French evuider
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BrE BrE//əˈvɔɪd//; NAmE NAmE//əˈvɔɪd//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they avoid
BrE BrE//əˈvɔɪd//; NAmE NAmE//əˈvɔɪd//he / she / it avoids
BrE BrE//əˈvɔɪdz//; NAmE NAmE//əˈvɔɪdz//past simple avoided
BrE BrE//əˈvɔɪdɪd//; NAmE NAmE//əˈvɔɪdɪd//past participle avoided
BrE BrE//əˈvɔɪdɪd//; NAmE NAmE//əˈvɔɪdɪd//-ing form avoiding
BrE BrE//əˈvɔɪdɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//əˈvɔɪdɪŋ//