escape

es|cape1 W2S3 [ıˈskeıp] v
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1¦(person/place)¦
2¦(danger)¦
3¦(avoid)¦
4¦(gas/liquid etc)¦
5¦(sound)¦
6 escape somebody's attention/notice
7 the name/date/title etc escapes somebody
8 there's no escaping (the fact)
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[Date: 1200-1300; : Old North French; Origin: escaper, from Vulgar Latin excappare, from Late Latin cappa 'head-covering'; from the idea of throwing off something that limits your movement]
1.) ¦(PERSON/PLACE)¦
to get away from a place or dangerous situation when someone is trying to catch you or stop you
He broke down the locked door and escaped.
escape from/through/over etc
He escaped from prison in October.
escape to
She escaped to Britain in 1938.
2.) ¦(DANGER)¦ [I and T]
to get away from a dangerous or bad situation
escape with
He escaped with minor injuries.
escape unhurt/unscathed/unharmed etc
A boy escaped unhurt when the fire in his room exploded.
They went to the hills to escape the summer heat.
escape sb's clutches
(=escape from someone)
The youth was trying to escape the clutches of two drunken female companions.
3.) ¦(AVOID)¦ [I and T]
to avoid something bad or that you do not want to happen
He narrowly escaped death in an avalanche.
The two passengers escaped serious injury .
They must not be allowed to escape justice .
It seemed impossible he would escape detection .
4.) ¦(GAS/LIQUID ETC)¦ [I]
if gas, liquid, light, heat etc escapes from somewhere, it comes out
Vents allow any steam to escape if the system overheats.
5.) ¦(SOUND)¦ [I and T]
[i]literary if a sound escapes from someone, they accidentally make that sound
A small laugh escaped her.
escape from
Holman let a weary sigh escape from his lips.
6.) escape sb's attention/notice
if something escapes your attention or notice, you do not see it or realize that it is there
7.) the name/date/title etc escapes sb
used to say that someone cannot remember something
For some reason which escapes me, we had to take a taxi.
8.) there's no escaping (the fact)
used to emphasize that something is definitely important or will definitely happen
There's no escaping the fact that work has profound effects on emotions and health.
escape 2
escape2 S3 n
1.) [U and C]
the act of getting away from a place, or a dangerous or bad situation
The girl had no chance of escape.
Christina hoped it wouldn't be too long before she could make her escape .
escape from
the firm's narrow escape from bankruptcy
an escape route
They had a lucky escape (=were lucky not to be hurt or killed) when a car crashed into the front of their house.
2.) [singular, U]
a way of forgetting about a bad or boring situation for a short time
escape from
Travel can be an escape from the routine drudgery of life.
3.) [U and C]
an amount of gas, liquid etc that accidentally comes out of the place where it is being kept, or an occasion when this happens
The lid prevents the escape of poisonous gases.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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