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flee

[flee] /fli/
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
900
before 900; Middle English fleen, Old English flēon; cognate with Old High German flichan (German fliehen), Gothic thliuhan; compare Old English fleogan to fly1
Related forms
outflee, verb (used with object), outfled, outfleeing.
unfleeing, adjective
Can be confused
flea, flee.
Synonyms
3. evade, escape, avoid, shun, elude.
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British Dictionary definitions for un fleeing

flee1

/fliː/
verb flees, fleeing, fled
1.
to run away from (a place, danger, etc); fly: to flee the country
2.
(intransitive) to run or move quickly; rush; speed: she fled to the door
Derived Forms
fleer, noun
Word Origin
Old English flēon; related to Old Frisian fliā, Old High German fliohan, Gothic thliuhan

flee2

/fliː/
verb
1.
a Scot word for fly1
noun
2.
a Scot word for fly2
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Word Origin and History for un fleeing

flee

v.

Old English fleon "take flight, fly from, avoid, escape" (contracted class II strong verb; past tense fleah, past participle flogen), from Proto-Germanic *thleukhanan (cf. Old High German fliohan, Old Norse flöja, Old Frisian flia, Dutch vlieden, German fliehen, Gothic þliuhan "to flee"), of unknown origin. Not found outside Germanic.

Weak past tense and past participle fled emerged Middle English, under influence of Scandinavian. Old English had a transitive form, geflieman "put to flight," which came in handy in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. Related: Fleeing.

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