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Definition of escape verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    escape

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪˈskeɪp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈskeɪp//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they escape
    BrE BrE//ɪˈskeɪp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈskeɪp//
     
    he / she / it escapes
    BrE BrE//ɪˈskeɪps//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈskeɪps//
     
    past simple escaped
    BrE BrE//ɪˈskeɪpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈskeɪpt//
     
    past participle escaped
    BrE BrE//ɪˈskeɪpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈskeɪpt//
     
    -ing form escaping
    BrE BrE//ɪˈskeɪpɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈskeɪpɪŋ//
     
     
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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. 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.
  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 escaping. toxic waste escaping into the sea
  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.
  8. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French eschaper, based on medieval Latin ex- ‘out’ + cappa ‘cloak’. Compare with escapade.Extra examples Apparently, they had escaped somehow and gotten home. He got hurt while struggling to escape. He had managed to escape the clutches of the police yet again. I need to escape. I want to go away from here. It was easy to escape in the confusion of the besieged city. It was stupid of Lee to let them escape. Only two of the men escaped alive. She eventually escaped to the US. She was very lucky to escape with her life. The city largely escaped bombing in the campaign. The driver escaped without injury. The family escaped to England. The head of department cannot entirely escape responsibility for this situation. The survivors barely escape in whatever ships they can find. They escaped into the forest. They narrowly escaped being killed in the fire. They’re so small they can easily escape notice. Thieves escaped with property worth over $5 000. Tony may never escape his emotional struggle. We would always go there to escape from it all. a lonely man who wants to escape his lifestyle errors that had escaped my notice pilots who successfully escaped while their aircraft was being shot down As he twisted the pipe a trickle of water escaped. Both drivers escaped unhurt. He fled the country to escape the king’s wrath. No man can escape his destiny. Scotland seems to have escaped the worst of the recession. She managed to escape the fate of the other rebels. She only just escaped with her life. So far the robbers have escaped justice. The container is sealed so the gas has no means of escaping into the air. The police will not escape criticism in this affair. There was no escaping the fact that he was overweight. to escape blame/​censure/​criticism/​somebody’s wrath to escape death/​assassination/​the massacre/​drowning/​injury/​being hit/​the fighting to escape detection/​capture/​arrest/​justice/​prosecution/​conviction/​punishment/​prison
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