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

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]

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

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Word Origin & History

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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