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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British National Corpus

  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. Ehsan Sehgal:

    International Intelligence Agencies and their hired ones avoid the weapons now; however, they utilize deadly chemicals to kill their rivals, whether high level or low level; whereas, doctors diagnose that as a natural death. Virtually, becoming infected and victim of deathly diseases through chemicals, is neither known publicly yet, nor common ones believe in it. As a fact, Intelligence mafia can achieve and gain every task for their interests indeed.

  2. Vaile Wright:

    One of the unhealthy behaviors we see is avoidance. We have a tendency to avoid and put off during tax season. What happens is that when we continue to avoid over a long term, we are inadvertently telling ourselves that this task is so hard, we can not deal with it, and it becomes overwhelming, i encourage people to do the things to prepare ahead of time. Also, if you have good healthy habits in place, don't abandon them.

  3. Bonnie Fuller:

    This will be fantastic for celebrities, but I can see regular paying airline customers demanding access to the private terminal, we all want to avoid the crowds and to get through security fast.

  4. Bill Dudley:

    In the past, when you've pushed up the unemployment rate, you've almost never been able to avoid a full-fledged recession, the problem The Fed faces is they're just late.

  5. David Buckley:

    First, the very competitive GOP primary has encouraged anti-Islamic rhetoric from candidates looking to distinguish themselves, second, in 2007, George W. Bush was still the national face of the Republican Party, and he was (to his credit) generally careful to avoid anti-Islamic rhetoric in his own public comments, especially in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks.

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