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

 

flee

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//fliː//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fliː//
 
[intransitive, transitive, no passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they flee
BrE BrE//fliː//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fliː//
 
he / she / it flees
BrE BrE//fliːz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fliːz//
 
past simple fled
BrE BrE//fled//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fled//
 
past participle fled
BrE BrE//fled//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fled//
 
-ing form fleeing
BrE BrE//ˈfliːɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfliːɪŋ//
 
 
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to leave a person or place very quickly, especially because you are afraid of possible danger She burst into tears and fled. flee from somebody/something a camp for refugees fleeing from the war flee to…/into… He fled to London after an argument with his family. flee something He was caught trying to flee the country. The driver had already fled the scene of the accident. compare fly (13) Word Origin Old English flēon, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vlieden and German fliehen.Extra examples She dropped the phone and fled from the office. She had to flee for her life when soldiers attacked her town. The children fled in terror as the hay caught fire. The family managed to flee to safety. They fled to Britain when the war started. They turned and fled when they saw the gang approaching. They turned and fled when they saw the gang of youths approaching them. They were forced to flee the country. When danger threatens, collect your possessions and flee like the wind. When the police arrived the burglars fled empty-handed. All my family fled across the border into Thailand. He fled into exile and never returned. Hundreds of people were forced to flee their homes. People fled for their lives. People fled in terror as the bomb exploded. Refugees fled from the city. The man looked at me in horror, and then turned and fled. The robbers fled empty-handed from the shop. They fled the country in 1987.
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