What does Escape mean?

Definitions for Escape

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Escape.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. escape, flightnoun

    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, escapismnoun

    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, dodgingnoun

    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. escapenoun

    an avoidance of danger or difficulty

    "that was a narrow escape"

  5. escapenoun

    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. escapenoun

    a plant originally cultivated but now growing wild

  7. escape, leak, leakage, outflownoun

    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, escapeverb

    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 looseverb

    run away from confinement

    "The convicted murderer escaped from a high security prison"

  10. miss, escapeverb

    fail to experience

    "Fortunately, I missed the hurricane"

  11. get off, get away, get by, get out, escapeverb

    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, escapeverb

    be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by

    "What you are seeing in him eludes me"

  13. escape, get awayverb

    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 awayverb

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

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

  15. escapeverb

    issue or leak, as from a small opening

    "Gas escaped into the bedroom"


  1. escapenoun

    The act of leaving a dangerous or unpleasant situation.

    The prisoners made their escape by digging a tunnel.

  2. escapenoun

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

  3. escapenoun

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

    You forgot to insert an escape in the datastream.

  4. escapenoun

    A successful shot from a snooker position.

  5. escapeverb

    To get free, to free oneself.

    The prisoners escaped by jumping over a wall.

  6. escapeverb

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

  7. escapeverb

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

    Luckily, I escaped with only a fine.

  8. escapeverb

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

    The name of the hotel escapes me at present.

  9. escapeverb

    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. escapeverb

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Escapenoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest. Ps. lv. 7.

    He enjoyed neither his escape nor his honour long; for he was hewn in pieces. John Hayward.

    Men of virtue have had extraordinary escapes out of such dangers as have enclosed them, and which have seemed inevitable. Joseph Addison, Guardian, №. 117.

    We made an escape, not so much to seek our own,
    As to be instruments of your safety. John Denham, Sophy.

    St. Paul himself did not despise to remember whatsoever he found agreeable to the word of God among the heathen, that he might take from them all escape by way of ignorance. Ral.

    Thousand ’scapes of wit,
    Make thee the father of their idle dreams,
    And rack thee in their fancies. William Shakespeare, Meas. for Measure.

    Loose ’scapes of love. John Milton.

    In transcribing there would be less care taken, as the language was less understood, and so the escapes less subject to observation. Edward Brerewood, on Languages.

  2. To ESCAPEverb

    Etymology: echaper, French.

    Since we cannot escape the pursuit of passions, and perplexity of thoughts, there is no way left but to endeavour all we can either to subdue or divert them. William Temple.

    Had David died sooner, how much trouble had he escaped, which by living he endured in the rebellion of his son. William Wake.

    Men are blinded with ignorance and errour: many things may escape them, and in many things they may be deceived. Richard Hooker, b. ii. s. 7.

    ’Tis still the same, although their airy shape
    All but a quick poetick sight escape. John Denham.

    The reader finds out those beauties of propriety in thought and writing, which escaped him in the tumult and hurry of representing. John Dryden, Don Sebastian, Pref.

  3. To Escapeverb

    To fly; to get out of danger.

    Benhadad, the king of Syria, escaped on horse. Chronicles.

    They escaped all safe to land. Acts xxvii. 44.

    The sinner shall not escape with his spoil, and the patience of the godly shall not be frustrated. Ecclus. xvi. 13.

    Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain: escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed. Gen. xix. 17.

    Whoso pleaseth God shall escape from her, but the sinner shall be taken by her. Eccl. vii. 26.

    There is no woman’s gown big enough for him; otherwise he might put on a hat, a muffler, and a kerchief, and so escape. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    To convince us that there was no way to escape by climbing up to the mountains, he assures us that the highest were all covered. John Woodward, Natural History.

    Laws are not executed, men of virtue are disgraced, and murderers escape. Isaac Watts, Logick.


  1. Escape

    Escape is a song written by Kara DioGuardi, Enrique Iglesias, Steve Morales and David Siegel for Iglesias' 2001 album Escape. The song is the album's opening track, and was released as its second single in 2002 (see 2002 in music). The song reached number three in the UK and number twelve in the U. S. charts. There is a Spanish version of the song, also sung by Iglesias, titled "Escapar". The song sold 3.6 million copies in 2002.


  1. escape

    Escape generally refers to the act of getting away or breaking free from a confined or unpleasant situation. It can involve physically removing oneself from a place, such as escaping from a prison or a dangerous situation. Alternatively, escape can also refer to mentally or emotionally breaking free from stress, anxiety, or overwhelming circumstances.

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. Escapeverb

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

  4. Escapeverb

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

  5. Escapeverb

    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. Escapenoun

    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. Escapenoun

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

  8. Escapenoun

    a sally

  9. Escapenoun

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

  10. Escapenoun

    an apophyge

  11. Escapenoun

    leakage or outflow, as of steam or a liquid

  12. Escapenoun

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

  13. Etymology: [OE. escapen, eschapen, OF. escaper, eschaper, F. echapper, fr. LL. ex cappa out of one's cape or cloak; hence, to slip out of one's cape and escape. See 3d Cape, and cf. Scape, v.]

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Escape

    A term applied to leakage of current.

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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 for Escape »

  1. espace

  2. peaces

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Escape in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Escape in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Escape in a Sentence

  1. Veryan Khan:

    By Boko Haram pledging to the Islamic State, Shekau has secured a safe haven for Boko Haram's leadership. Even if the current Nigerian offensives are to succeed, a temporary escape could be made to another IS stronghold from where Boko Haram's life cycle can be maintained irrespective of distance.

  2. Ron Brooks:

    What they didn't realize is that these things would escape the ponds and get into the river system quickly. It took 30 years for them to get there, they were brought here for a good reason, but the folks who brought them had no idea that it would cause such a terrible problem.

  3. Cristian Andrei Nica:

    Love doesn't hurt, and won't fade away with the memory either. There's no right or wrong, no past, no future. Just beauty, noticed on the inside, thanks to the ones we care for the most. Encouragement, to dedicate yourself and protect. So join the dance, attach and then let go if you need to. Ain't no escape, it always finds a way to touch you deep inside, because love is part of who you are.

  4. Pakkapon Sirirat:

    If Manas really is involved in trafficking, he won’t escape it and will have to accept the truth.

  5. William McCants:

    The President is not known for nuance, which is what a speech like this requires to escape the potential wrath of his multiple audiences.

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Translations for Escape

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  • هرب, فرار, هروبArabic
  • отървавам се, избягвам, бя́гство, изплъзвам сеBulgarian
  • eludir, escapar, fuitaCatalan, Valencian
  • útěk, únik, uniknoutCzech
  • flugtDanish
  • entgehen, davonkommen, Flucht, ausweichen, fliehenGerman
  • διαλανθάνω, γλιτώνω, διαφεύγω, διακόπτω, απόδραση, ξεφεύγω, δραπετεύωGreek
  • eskapiEsperanto
  • evadir, escapar, escapada, escape, fuga, detener, liberarse, abortar, salvar, fugarse, liberación, cancelar, esconder, eludir, escapatorio, tronarSpanish
  • ihes eginBasque
  • paeta, välttyä, päästä, esc-merkki, unohtua, pako, esc-näppäin, karata, selvitä, välttääFinnish
  • éviter, évasion, échapper, échappatoireFrench
  • éalúIrish
  • dol-àsScottish Gaelic
  • escaparGalician
  • पलायनHindi
  • փախուստ, խուսափել, փախչելArmenian
  • melarikan diriIndonesian
  • scappare, evitare, fugaItalian
  • בריחהHebrew
  • エスケープキー, 脱出, エスケープ, 逃げる, 免れるJapanese
  • ತಪ್ಪಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳಲುKannada
  • revîn, filitîn, bazdanKurdish
  • subterfugio, fugio, refugio, evado, profugio, fuga, aufugio, effugio, defugioLatin
  • paheno, pahiko, kaireretanga, oraititanga, oraiti, pakiha, rere, oma, mawhiti, whatingaMāori
  • ontgaan, stoppen, ontsnappen, escapetoets, ontsnappen aan, afbreken, onderbrekenDutch
  • unnslippe, unnkomme, unngåNorwegian
  • escaparOccitan
  • ucieczkaPolish
  • escapada, escape, fugir, evitar, escapar, iludir, desviar, escapatória, escPortuguese
  • scappar, scapar, mütschir, scapper, mitscharRomansh
  • esc, scăpa, fugă, eluda, scăpareRomanian
  • эске́йп, отде́латься, [[соверши́ть]] [[побе́г]], ускольза́ть, избега́ть, бе́гство, спасе́ние, [[соверша́ть]] [[побе́г]], [[кла́виша]] [[эске́йп]], побе́г, ускользну́ть, спаса́ться, избежа́ть, спасти́сь, отде́лываться, побегRussian
  • vyhnúť sa, utiecťSlovak
  • pobegniti, ubežati, pobeg, zbežatiSlovene
  • shmangem, arratisemAlbanian
  • undfly, flykt, flySwedish
  • kwepaSwahili
  • தப்பிக்கTamil
  • తప్పించుకోTelugu
  • หนีThai
  • takas, pagtakasTagalog
  • kaçmakTurkish
  • ВтечаUkrainian
  • فرارUrdu
  • thoát khỏiVietnamese
  • אַנטלויפןYiddish
  • 逃脱Chinese

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    being essentially equal to something
    • A. jejune
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