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Definition 1: the act of escaping physically - [noun denoting act]

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

  • he made his escape from the mental hospital
  • the canary escaped from its cage
  • his flight was an indication of his guilt

Synonyms for escape in the sense of this definition

(escape is a kind of ...) the act of leaving (without permission) the place you are expected to be

(... is a kind of escape ) the act of physically escaping from something (an opponent or a pursuer or an unpleasant situation) by some adroit maneuver

(... is a kind of escape ) an escape from jail

"the breakout was carefully planned"

(... is a kind of escape ) a rapid escape (as by criminals)

"the thieves made a clean getaway" "after the expose he had to take it on the lam"

(... is a kind of escape ) a journey by a large group to escape from a hostile environment

(... is a kind of escape ) a hasty flight

(... is an instance of escape) the flight of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina in 622 which marked the beginning of the Muslim era; the Muslim calendar begins in that year

(... is an instance of escape) secret aid to escaping slaves that was provided by abolitionists in the years before the American Civil War

Definition 2: nonperformance of something distasteful (as by deceit or trickery) that you are supposed to do - [noun denoting act]

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

  • his evasion of his clear duty was reprehensible
  • that escape from the consequences is possible but unattractive

Synonyms for escape in the sense of this definition

(escape is a kind of ...) failure to act with the prudence that a reasonable person would exercise under the same circumstances

(... is a kind of escape ) a form of behavior that evades unpleasant realities

(... is a kind of escape ) evading duty or work by pretending to be incapacitated

"they developed a test to detect malingering"

(... is a kind of escape ) the evasion of work or duty

(... is a kind of escape ) the act of evading by going around

Definition 3: an inclination to retreat from unpleasant realities through diversion or fantasy - [noun denoting act]

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

  • romantic novels were her escape from the stress of daily life
  • his alcohol problem was a form of escapism

Synonyms for escape in the sense of this definition

(escape is a kind of ...) an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates

"scuba diving is provided as a diversion for tourists" "for recreation he wrote poetry and solved crossword puzzles" "drug abuse is often regarded as a form of recreation"

Definition 4: an avoidance of danger or difficulty - [noun denoting act]

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

  • that was a narrow escape

(escape is a kind of ...) deliberately avoiding; keeping away from or preventing from happening

Definition 5: a means or way of escaping - [noun denoting act]

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

  • hard work was his escape from worry
  • they installed a second hatch as an escape
  • their escape route

(escape is a kind of ...) thing or person that acts to produce a particular effect or achieve an end

"a means of control" "an example is the best agency of instruction" "the true way to success"

Definition 6: a valve in a container in which pressure can build up (as a steam boiler); it opens automatically when the pressure reaches a dangerous level - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for escape in the sense of this definition

(escape is a kind of ...) any of various controls or devices for regulating or controlling fluid flow, pressure, temperature, etc.

(escape is a kind of ...) control consisting of a mechanical device for controlling the flow of a fluid

Definition 7: the discharge of a fluid from some container - [noun denoting event]

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

  • they tried to stop the escape of gas from the damaged pipe
  • he had to clean up the leak

Synonyms for escape in the sense of this definition

(escape is a kind of ...) the pouring forth of a fluid

Definition 8: a plant originally cultivated but now growing wild - [noun denoting plant]

(escape is a kind of ...) (botany) a living organism lacking the power of locomotion

Definition 9: issue or leak, as from a small opening - [verb of change]

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

  • Gas escaped into the bedroom

(escape is a kind of ...) come out of

"Water issued from the hole in the wall" "The words seemed to come out by themselves"

Definition 10: fail to experience - [verb of communication]

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

  • Fortunately, I missed the hurricane

Synonyms for escape in the sense of this definition

(escape is a kind of ...) stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something

"Her former friends now avoid her"

Definition 11: escape potentially unpleasant consequences; get away with a forbidden action - [verb of communication]

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

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

Synonyms for escape in the sense of this definition

(escape is a kind of ...) stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something

"Her former friends now avoid her"

(... is a kind of escape ) use cunning or deceit to escape or avoid

"The con man always evades"

Definition 12: run away from confinement - [verb of motion]

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

  • The convicted murderer escaped from a high security prison

Synonyms for escape in the sense of this definition

(escape is a kind of ...) run away quickly

"He threw down his gun and fled"

(... is a kind of escape ) move away or escape suddenly

"The horses broke from the stable" "Three inmates broke jail" "Nobody can break out--this prison is high security"

(... is a kind of escape ) get rid of

"I couldn't shake the car that was following me"

(... is a kind of escape ) escape, either physically or mentally

"The thief eluded the police" "This difficult idea seems to evade her" "The event evades explanation"

(... is a kind of escape ) escape furtively, as from an area under enemy control

(... is a kind of escape ) move smoothly and easily

"the bolt slipped into place" "water slipped from the polished marble"

(... is a kind of escape ) escape from the control of

"Industry is running away with us all"

(... is a kind of escape ) remove oneself from a familiar environment, usually for pleasure or diversion

"We escaped to our summer house for a few days" "The president of the company never manages to get away during the summer"

Definition 13: flee; take to one's heels; cut and run - [verb of motion]

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

  • If you see this man, run!
  • The burglars escaped before the police showed up

Synonyms for escape in the sense of this definition

(escape is a kind of ...) go away from a place

"At what time does your train leave?" "She didn't leave until midnight" "The ship leaves at midnight"

(... is a kind of escape ) run away quickly

"He threw down his gun and fled"

(... is a kind of escape ) run away, as if in a panic

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

  • We escaped to our summer house for a few days
  • The president of the company never manages to get away during the summer

Synonyms for escape in the sense of this definition

(escape is a kind of ...) run away from confinement

"The convicted murderer escaped from a high security prison"

Definition 15: be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by - [verb of stative]

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

  • What you are seeing in him eludes me

Synonyms for escape in the sense of this definition

(escape is a kind of ...) be a mystery or bewildering to

"This beats me!" "Got me--I don't know the answer!" "a vexing problem" "This question really stuck me"

(... is a kind of escape ) elude, especially in a baffling way

"This behavior defies explanation"

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