Definitions for escapeɪˈskeɪp
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
es•cape*ɪˈskeɪp(v.; n.; adj.)-caped, -cap•ing
(v.i.)to slip or get away, as from confinement or restraint.
to avoid capture, punishment, or any threatened evil.
to issue from a confining enclosure, as a gas or liquid.
to slip away; fade.
(of an orig. cultivated plant) to grow wild.
(v.t.)to slip away from or elude:
to escape the police.
to succeed in avoiding:
to escape capture.
to elude (one's memory, notice, search, etc.).
(of a sound or utterance) to slip from or be expressed by inadvertently.
(n.)an act or instance of escaping.
the fact of having escaped.
a means of escaping.
avoidance of reality.
leakage, as of water or gas, from a pipe or storage container.
a plant that originated in cultivated stock and is now growing wild.
a key on a microcomputer keyboard, often used to return to a previous program screen.
(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)
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"
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"
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"
an avoidance of danger or difficulty
"that was a narrow escape"
a means or way of escaping
"hard work was his escape from worry"; "they installed a second hatch as an escape"; "their escape route"
a plant originally cultivated but now growing wild
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"
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
escape, get away, break loose(verb)
run away from confinement
"The convicted murderer escaped from a high security prison"
fail to experience
"Fortunately, I missed the hurricane"
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"
be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by
"What you are seeing in him eludes me"
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"
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"
issue or leak, as from a small opening
"Gas escaped into the bedroom"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
to get away from a dangerous place
prisoners escaping from jail; The boy escaped through the back door.
to avoid a bad experience
Only one soldier escaped injury.; teens trying to escape the world of drugs
to come out of
No sound escaped from her lips.; poisonous gas escaping from the wrecked train
the act of escaping from a place or situation
a lucky escape from the fire; his escape from a life of poverty
a situation in which sb comes close to being caught, hurt, ill, etc.
a way to avoid dealing with sth unpleasant
After the war, music became his escape.
The act of leaving a dangerous or unpleasant situation.
The prisoners made their escape by digging a tunnel.
A key on most modern computer keyboards, sometimes abbreviated Esc, and typically programmed to cancel some current operation.
The ASCII character represented by 27 (decimal) or 1B (hexadecimal.)
You forgot to insert an escape in the datastream.
A successful shot from a snooker position.
To get free, to free oneself.
The prisoners escaped by jumping over a wall.
To avoid (any unpleasant person or thing); to elude, get away from.
To avoid capture; to get away with something, avoid punishment.
Luckily, I escaped with only a fine.
To elude the observation or notice of; to not be seen or remembered by.
The name of the hotel escapes me at present.
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.
to halt a program or command by pressing a key (such as the "Esc" key) or combination of keys
Origin: and escaper ( = Old French eschaper, modern French échapper), from *excapare, from Latin ex- + capio.
to flee from and avoid; to be saved or exempt from; to shun; to obtain security from; as, to escape danger
to avoid the notice of; to pass unobserved by; to evade; as, the fact escaped our attention
to flee, and become secure from danger; -- often followed by from or out of
to get clear from danger or evil of any form; to be passed without harm
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
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
that which escapes attention or restraint; a mistake; an oversight; also, transgression
the unlawful permission, by a jailer or other custodian, of a prisoner's departure from custody
leakage or outflow, as of steam or a liquid
leakage or loss of currents from the conducting wires, caused by defective insulation
The Standard Electrical Dictionary
A term applied to leakage of current.
"Escape!" is a science fiction short story by Isaac Asimov. It was first published as "Paradoxical Escape" in the August 1945 issue of Astounding Science Fiction and reprinted as "Escape!" in the collections I, Robot and The Complete Robot.
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'escape' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3382
Rank popularity for the word 'escape' in Nouns Frequency: #1780
Rank popularity for the word 'escape' in Verbs Frequency: #374
Translations for escape
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
to gain freedom
He escaped from prison.
- escaparPortuguese (BR)
- flygte; undslippeDanish
- põgenema, pääsemaEstonian
- فرار کردنFarsi
- s'évader (de)French
- melarikan diriIndonesian
- sleppa, brjóstast út, flÿjaIcelandic
- izbēgt (no ieslodzījuma)Latvian
- slippe ut, unnslippe, gå friNorwegian
- فرار کردنPersian
- a evadaRomanian
- совершать побегRussian
- 逃跑Chinese (Trad.)
- بندش سے آزاد ہوناUrdu
- trốn thoátVietnamese
- 逃跑Chinese (Simp.)
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