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Definition 1: stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something - [verb of communication]

Samples where avoid or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Her former friends now avoid her

(... is a kind of avoid ) avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)

"He dodged the issue" "she skirted the problem" "They tend to evade their responsibilities" "he evaded the questions skillfully"

(... is a kind of avoid ) fail to experience

"Fortunately, I missed the hurricane"

(... is a kind of avoid ) escape potentially unpleasant consequences; get away with a forbidden action

"She gets away with murder!" "I couldn't get out from under these responsibilities"

(... is a kind of avoid ) avoid something unpleasant or laborious

"You cannot bypass these rules!"

(... is a kind of avoid ) refrain from entering or walking onto

"keep off the grass" "stay off the premises"

(... is a kind of avoid ) avoid dealing with

"She shirks her duties"

(... is a kind of avoid ) avoid having to deal with some unpleasant task

"I shy away from this task"

(... is a kind of avoid ) avoid and stay away from deliberately; stay clear of

Definition 2: refrain from certain foods or beverages - [verb of consumption]

Samples where avoid or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I keep off drugs
  • During Ramadan, Muslims avoid tobacco during the day

Synonyms for avoid in the sense of this definition

(avoid is a kind of ...) choose not to consume

"I abstain from alcohol"

Samples where avoid or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The contract was annulled
  • void a plea

Synonyms for avoid in the sense of this definition

(avoid is a kind of ...) declare null and void; make ineffective

"Cancel the election results" "strike down a law"

(... is a kind of avoid ) annul (a legal decision)

"the court set aside the conviction"

(... is a kind of avoid ) invalidate by judicial action

"The will was broken"

(... is a kind of avoid ) printing: cancel, as of a correction or deletion

Samples where avoid or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Let's avoid a confrontation
  • head off a confrontation
  • avert a strike

Synonyms for avoid in the sense of this definition

(avoid is a kind of ...) keep from happening or arising; make impossible

"My sense of tact forbids an honest answer" "Your role in the projects precludes your involvement in the competitive project"

Samples where avoid or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She refrains from calling her therapist too often
  • He should avoid publishing his wife's memories

(... is a kind of avoid ) avoid (one's assigned duties)

"The derelict soldier shirked his duties"

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