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Definitions of avoid

  1. To become void or vacant. See Void. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To keep away from; to shun; to abstain from. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. To try to escape from: to shun. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. To keep away from; to shun. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. To keep away from; shun; evade. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. To retire; to withdraw. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To become void or vacant. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. declare invalid; "The contract was annulled"; "avoid a plea" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. refrain from certain foods or beverages; "I keep off drugs"; "During Ramadan, Muslims avoid tobacco during the day" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. refrain from doing something; "She refrains from calling her therapist too often"; "He should avoid publishing his wife's memoires" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. To keep at a distance from; to shun; to eschew; to make void; to annul. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. To keep at a distance from; to shun; to evacuate; to become vacant. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13. Avoidably. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. To emit or throw out; to void; as, to avoid excretions. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. To quit or evacuate; to withdraw from. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. To make void; to annul or vacate; to refute. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. To keep away from; to keep clear of; to endeavor no to meet; to shun; to abstain from; as, to avoid the company of gamesters. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. To get rid of. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. To defeat or evade; to invalidate. Thus, in a replication, the plaintiff may deny the defendant's plea, or confess it, and avoid it by stating new matter. Webster Dictionary DB

Usage examples for avoid

  1. But she would not have taken them then if she had not wanted to avoid being with the rest of the girls. – Betty Lee, Freshman by Harriet Pyne Grove
  2. When we came home it happened, I really can't tell how, that the duke moved along with us, and when we got to the hotel I could not avoid asking him in. – Mabel's Mistake by Ann S. Stephens
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