What does avoid mean?

Definitions for avoid
əˈvɔɪdavoid

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word avoid.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. avoidverb

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

    "Her former friends now avoid her"

  2. debar, forefend, forfend, obviate, deflect, avert, head off, stave off, fend off, avoid, ward offverb

    prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening

    "Let's avoid a confrontation"; "head off a confrontation"; "avert a strike"

  3. avoidverb

    refrain from doing something

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

  4. keep off, avoidverb

    refrain from certain foods or beverages

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

  5. invalidate, annul, quash, void, avoid, nullifyverb

    declare invalid

    "The contract was annulled"; "void a plea"

Wiktionary

  1. avoidverb

    To keep away from; to keep clear of; to endeavor not to meet; to shun; to abstain from; as, to avoid the company of gamesters.

    Etymology: From avoiden, from avoider, esvuidier, from es- + vuidier, from viduare, from viduus; see void.

  2. avoidverb

    To make empty; to clear.

    Etymology: From avoiden, from avoider, esvuidier, from es- + vuidier, from viduare, from viduus; see void.

  3. avoidverb

    To make void, to annul; to refute (especially a contract).

    Etymology: From avoiden, from avoider, esvuidier, from es- + vuidier, from viduare, from viduus; see void.

  4. avoidverb

    To defeat or evade; to invalidate. Thus, in a replication, the plaintiff may deny the defendant's plea, or confess it, and avoid it by stating new matter.

    Etymology: From avoiden, from avoider, esvuidier, from es- + vuidier, from viduare, from viduus; see void.

  5. avoidverb

    To emit or throw out; to void; as, to avoid excretions.

    Etymology: From avoiden, from avoider, esvuidier, from es- + vuidier, from viduare, from viduus; see void.

  6. avoidverb

    To leave, evacuate; to leave as empty, to withdraw or come away from.

    Etymology: From avoiden, from avoider, esvuidier, from es- + vuidier, from viduare, from viduus; see void.

  7. avoidverb

    To get rid of.

    Etymology: From avoiden, from avoider, esvuidier, from es- + vuidier, from viduare, from viduus; see void.

  8. avoidverb

    To retire; to withdraw, depart, go away.

    Etymology: From avoiden, from avoider, esvuidier, from es- + vuidier, from viduare, from viduus; see void.

  9. avoidverb

    To become void or vacant.

    Etymology: From avoiden, from avoider, esvuidier, from es- + vuidier, from viduare, from viduus; see void.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Avoidadjective

    to empty

  2. Avoidadjective

    to emit or throw out; to void; as, to avoid excretions

  3. Avoidadjective

    to quit or evacuate; to withdraw from

  4. Avoidadjective

    to make void; to annul or vacate; to refute

  5. Avoidadjective

    to keep away from; to keep clear of; to endeavor no to meet; to shun; to abstain from; as, to avoid the company of gamesters

  6. Avoidadjective

    to get rid of

  7. Avoidadjective

    to defeat or evade; to invalidate. Thus, in a replication, the plaintiff may deny the defendant's plea, or confess it, and avoid it by stating new matter

  8. Avoidverb

    to retire; to withdraw

  9. Avoidverb

    to become void or vacant

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Avoid

    a-void′, v.t. to try to escape from: to shun: (law) to invalidate: (Shak.) to leave, to quit.—adj. Avoid′able.—n. Avoid′ance, the act of avoiding or shunning: act of annulling. [Pfx. a- = Fr. es = L. ex, out, and Void.]

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'avoid' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1275

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'avoid' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2096

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'avoid' in Verbs Frequency: #185

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of avoid in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of avoid in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of avoid in a Sentence

  1. Mark Rutte:

    It will take energy and money and manpower, but we can work toward a situation where there is more security in the region and we can avoid people boarding boats to Europe.

  2. Tin Soe:

    We tried to negotiate between them to avoid this growing into a serious conflict, but no one could stop them.

  3. Jane Muncke:

    In general, it is very difficult to get exposure data or information on the use of certain chemicals, this study illustrates this problem well. Here important health effects from chemical exposures are documented, but knowing how to avoid these chemicals is almost impossible for people.

  4. James Lewis:

    The issue here was intent. Was she doing it deliberately to avoid having her emails tracked, and was there classified information?

  5. Brussels Airport:

    Don't come to the airport - airport is being evacuated. Avoid the airport area. Flights have been cancelled.

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    not transmitting or reflecting light or radiant energy; impenetrable to sight
    • A. noninvasive
    • B. plush
    • C. abrupt
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