flee

[flee]
verb (used without object), fled, fleeing.
1.
to run away, as from danger or pursuers; take flight.
2.
to move swiftly; fly; speed.
verb (used with object), fled, fleeing.
3.
to run away from (a place, person, etc.).

Origin:
before 900; Middle English fleen, Old English flēon; cognate with Old High German flichan (German fliehen), Gothic thliuhan; compare Old English fleogan to fly1

outflee, verb (used with object), outfled, outfleeing.
unfleeing, adjective

flea, flee.


3. evade, escape, avoid, shun, elude.
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flee1 (fliː)
 
vb , flees, fleeing, fled
1.  to run away from (a place, danger, etc); fly: to flee the country
2.  (intr) to run or move quickly; rush; speed: she fled to the door
 
[Old English flēon; related to Old Frisian fliā, Old High German fliohan, Gothic thliuhan]
 
'fleer1
 
n

flee2 (fliː)
 
vb
1.  a Scot word for fly
 
n
2.  a Scot word for fly

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Word Origin & History

flee
O.E. fleon "take flight" (contracted class II strong verb; past tense fleah, pp. flogen), from P.Gmc. *thleukhanan (cf. O.H.G. fliohan, O.N. flöja, Du. vlieden, Ger. fliehen, Goth. þliuhan "to flee"), of unknown origin. Not found outside Germanic. Weak pt./pp. fled emerged M.E., under influence
of Scandinavian. O.E. had a trans. form, geflieman "put to flight," which came in handy in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. Related: Fleeing.
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Example sentences
Other potential escape routes pose similarly daunting obstacles for those
  tempted to flee.
Hundreds have clogged narrow back roads as they try to flee to the relative
  safety of the rebel-held mountains to the south.
Another view is that investors anticipate bad news and flee to safety.
When confronted by predators, elk are likely to flee in a herd, leaving the
  unwary or weak behind as prime targets.
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