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avoid

[uh-void] /əˈvɔɪd/
verb (used with object)
1.
to keep away from; keep clear of; shun:
to avoid a person; to avoid taxes; to avoid danger.
2.
to prevent from happening:
to avoid falling.
3.
Law. to make void or of no effect; invalidate.
4.
Obsolete. to empty; eject or expel.
Origin
1250-1330
1250-30; Middle English avoiden < Anglo-French avoider, equivalent to a- a-4 + voider to void
Related forms
avoidable, adjective
avoidably, adverb
avoider, noun
nonavoidable, adjective
nonavoidableness, noun
nonavoidably, adverb
unavoiding, adjective
Can be confused
avoid, evade.
avoid, ovoid.
Synonyms
1. evade, elude, dodge.
Antonyms
1. confront, face, encounter.
Synonym Study
1. Avoid, escape mean to come through a potentially harmful or unpleasant experience, without suffering serious consequences. To avoid is to succeed in keeping away from something dangerous or undesirable: to avoid meeting an enemy. Escape suggests encountering peril but coming through it safely: to escape drowning.
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British Dictionary definitions for avoided

avoid

/əˈvɔɪd/
verb (transitive)
1.
to keep out of the way of
2.
to refrain from doing
3.
to prevent from happening: to avoid damage to machinery
4.
(law) to make (a plea, contract, etc) void; invalidate; quash
5.
(obsolete) to expel
6.
(obsolete) to depart from
Derived Forms
avoidable, adjective
avoidably, adverb
avoider, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-French avoider, from Old French esvuidier, from vuidier to empty, void
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Word Origin and History for avoided

avoid

v.

c.1300, from Anglo-French avoider "to clear out, withdraw (oneself)," partially anglicized from Old French esvuidier "to empty out," from es- "out" (see ex-) + vuidier "to be empty," from voide "empty, vast, wide, hollow, waste" (see void (adj.)). Originally a law term; modern sense of "have nothing to do with" also was in Middle English and corresponds to Old French eviter with which it was perhaps confused. Meaning "escape, evade" first attested 1520s. Related: Avoided; avoiding.

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