avoid


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W1S2 [əˈvɔıd] v [T]
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: esvuidier, from vuidier 'to empty']
1.) to prevent something bad from happening
Road safety is taught to young children to avoid road accidents.
It is important to take measures to avoid the risk of fire.
avoid doing sth
The refugees left to avoid getting bombed.
Alan narrowly avoided an accident.
2.) to stay away from someone or something, or not use something
Everyone seemed to be avoiding Nick.
She carefully avoided his eyes (=did not look directly at his face) .
Pregnant women should avoid certain foods such as raw eggs.
Why did you speak to him? You usually avoid him like the plague (=try hard to avoid him) .
3.) to deliberately not do something, especially something wrong, dangerous, or harmful
There are ways of legally avoiding taxes.
avoid doing sth
You should avoid over-spending in the first half of the year.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

Synonyms:
(in a negative sense, or denoting care only without positive exertion), , , , , , , , , , / , , (after cannot)


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