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AVOID

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does avoid mean? 

AVOID (verb)
  The verb AVOID has 5 senses:

1. stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something
2. prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening
3. refrain from doing something
4. refrain from certain foods or beverages
5. declare invalid

  Familiarity information: AVOID used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


AVOID (verb)


Sense 1avoid [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

Her former friends now avoid her

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "avoid"):

circumvent; dodge; duck; elude; evade; fudge; hedge; parry; put off; sidestep; skirt (avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues))

eschew; shun (avoid and stay away from deliberately; stay clear of)

shy away from (avoid having to deal with some unpleasant task)

shirk (avoid dealing with)

keep off; stay off (refrain from entering or walking onto)

bypass; get around; go around; short-circuit (avoid something unpleasant or laborious)

escape; get away; get by; get off; get out (escape potentially unpleasant consequences; get away with a forbidden action)

escape; miss (fail to experience)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody

Antonym:

confront (deal with (something unpleasant) head on)


Sense 2avoid [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

avert; ward off; stave off; deflect; fend off; head off; obviate; debar; avoid

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "avoid" is one way to...):

forbid; foreclose; forestall; preclude; prevent (keep from happening or arising; make impossible)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 3avoid [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Refrain from doing something

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Context examples:

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

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "avoid"):

fiddle; goldbrick; shirk; shrink from (avoid (one's assigned duties))

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s VERB-ing


Sense 4avoid [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Refrain from certain foods or beverages

Classified under:

Verbs of eating and drinking

Synonyms:

keep off; avoid

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "avoid" is one way to...):

abstain; desist; refrain (choose not to consume)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 5avoid [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Declare invalid

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

annul; invalidate; nullify; void; quash; avoid

Context examples:

The contract was annulled / void a plea

Hypernyms (to "avoid" is one way to...):

cancel; strike down (declare null and void; make ineffective)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "avoid"):

break (invalidate by judicial action)

stet (printing: cancel, as of a correction or deletion)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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