Definitions for escapeɪˈskeɪp

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

es•cape*ɪˈskeɪp(v.; n.; adj.)-caped, -cap•ing

  1. (v.i.)to slip or get away, as from confinement or restraint.

  2. to avoid capture, punishment, or any threatened evil.

  3. to issue from a confining enclosure, as a gas or liquid.

  4. to slip away; fade.

  5. (of an orig. cultivated plant) to grow wild.

    Category: Botany

  6. (v.t.)to slip away from or elude:

    to escape the police.

  7. to succeed in avoiding:

    to escape capture.

  8. to elude (one's memory, notice, search, etc.).

  9. (of a sound or utterance) to slip from or be expressed by inadvertently.

  10. (n.)an act or instance of escaping.

  11. the fact of having escaped.

  12. a means of escaping.

  13. avoidance of reality.

  14. leakage, as of water or gas, from a pipe or storage container.

  15. a plant that originated in cultivated stock and is now growing wild.

    Category: Botany

  16. a key on a microcomputer keyboard, often used to return to a previous program screen.

    Category: Computers

  17. (adj.)for or providing an escape:

    an escape hatch.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

* Syn: escape , elude , evade mean to keep free of something. To escape is to succeed in keeping away from danger, pursuit, observation, etc.: to escape punishment. To elude is to slip through an apparently tight net, thus avoiding, often by a narrow margin, whatever threatens; it implies using adroitness or slyness to baffle or foil: The fox eluded the hounds. To evade is to turn aside from or go out of reach of a person or thing, usu. by directing attention elsewhere: to evade the police.

Origin of escape:

1250–1300; < ONF escaper (F échapper) < VL *excappāre, v. der. (with ex-ex -1) of LL cappa hooded cloak (see cap1)


Princeton's WordNet

  1. escape, flight(noun)

    the act of escaping physically

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

  2. escape, escapism(noun)

    an inclination to retreat from unpleasant realities through diversion or fantasy

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

  3. evasion, escape, dodging(noun)

    nonperformance of something distasteful (as by deceit or trickery) that you are supposed to do

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

  4. escape(noun)

    an avoidance of danger or difficulty

    "that was a narrow escape"

  5. escape(noun)

    a means or way of escaping

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

  6. escape(noun)

    a plant originally cultivated but now growing wild

  7. escape, leak, leakage, outflow(noun)

    the discharge of a fluid from some container

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

  8. safety valve, relief valve, escape valve, escape cock, escape(verb)

    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

  9. escape, get away, break loose(verb)

    run away from confinement

    "The convicted murderer escaped from a high security prison"

  10. miss, escape(verb)

    fail to experience

    "Fortunately, I missed the hurricane"

  11. get off, get away, get by, get out, escape(verb)

    escape potentially unpleasant consequences; get away with a forbidden action

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

  12. elude, escape(verb)

    be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by

    "What you are seeing in him eludes me"

  13. escape, get away(verb)

    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"

  14. scat, run, scarper, turn tail, lam, run away, hightail it, bunk, head for the hills, take to the woods, escape, fly the coop, break away(verb)

    flee; take to one's heels; cut and run

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

  15. escape(verb)

    issue or leak, as from a small opening

    "Gas escaped into the bedroom"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. escape(verb)ɪˈskeɪp

    to get away from a dangerous place

    prisoners escaping from jail; The boy escaped through the back door.

  2. escapeɪˈskeɪp

    to avoid a bad experience

    Only one soldier escaped injury.; teens trying to escape the world of drugs

  3. escapeɪˈskeɪp

    to come out of

    No sound escaped from her lips.; poisonous gas escaping from the wrecked train

  4. escape(noun)ɪˈskeɪp

    the act of escaping from a place or situation

    a lucky escape from the fire; his escape from a life of poverty

  5. escapeɪˈskeɪp

    a situation in which sb comes close to being caught, hurt, ill, etc.

  6. escapeɪˈskeɪp

    a way to avoid dealing with sth unpleasant

    After the war, music became his escape.


  1. escape(Noun)

    The act of leaving a dangerous or unpleasant situation.

    The prisoners made their escape by digging a tunnel.

  2. escape(Noun)

    A key on most modern computer keyboards, sometimes abbreviated Esc, and typically programmed to cancel some current operation.

  3. escape(Noun)

    The ASCII character represented by 27 (decimal) or 1B (hexadecimal.)

    You forgot to insert an escape in the datastream.

  4. escape(Noun)

    A successful shot from a snooker position.

  5. escape(Verb)

    To get free, to free oneself.

    The prisoners escaped by jumping over a wall.

  6. escape(Verb)

    To avoid (any unpleasant person or thing); to elude, get away from.

  7. escape(Verb)

    To avoid capture; to get away with something, avoid punishment.

    Luckily, I escaped with only a fine.

  8. escape(Verb)

    To elude the observation or notice of; to not be seen or remembered by.

    The name of the hotel escapes me at present.

  9. escape(Verb)

    To cause (a single character, or all such characters in a string) to be interpreted literally, instead of with any special meaning it would usually have in the same context, often by prefixing with another character.

  10. escape(Verb)

    to halt a program or command by pressing a key (such as the "Esc" key) or combination of keys

  11. Origin: and escaper ( = Old French eschaper, modern French échapper), from *excapare, from Latin ex- + capio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Escape

    to flee from and avoid; to be saved or exempt from; to shun; to obtain security from; as, to escape danger

  2. Escape

    to avoid the notice of; to pass unobserved by; to evade; as, the fact escaped our attention

  3. Escape(verb)

    to flee, and become secure from danger; -- often followed by from or out of

  4. Escape(verb)

    to get clear from danger or evil of any form; to be passed without harm

  5. Escape(verb)

    to get free from that which confines or holds; -- used of persons or things; as, to escape from prison, from arrest, or from slavery; gas escapes from the pipes; electricity escapes from its conductors

  6. Escape(noun)

    the act of fleeing from danger, of evading harm, or of avoiding notice; deliverance from injury or any evil; flight; as, an escape in battle; a narrow escape; also, the means of escape; as, a fire escape

  7. Escape(noun)

    that which escapes attention or restraint; a mistake; an oversight; also, transgression

  8. Escape(noun)

    a sally

  9. Escape(noun)

    the unlawful permission, by a jailer or other custodian, of a prisoner's departure from custody

  10. Escape(noun)

    an apophyge

  11. Escape(noun)

    leakage or outflow, as of steam or a liquid

  12. Escape(noun)

    leakage or loss of currents from the conducting wires, caused by defective insulation

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Escape

    A term applied to leakage of current.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'escape' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3382

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'escape' in Nouns Frequency: #1780

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'escape' in Verbs Frequency: #374

Anagrams of escape

  1. espace, peaces

Translations for escape

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to gain freedom

He escaped from prison.

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