What does avoid mean?

Definitions for avoid

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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"


  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.

  2. avoidverb

    To make empty; to clear.

  3. avoidverb

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

  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.

  5. avoidverb

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

  6. avoidverb

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

  7. avoidverb

    To get rid of.

  8. avoidverb

    To retire; to withdraw, depart, go away.

  9. avoidverb

    To become void or vacant.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To AVOIDverb

    Etymology: vuider, Fr.

    The wisdom of pleasing God, by doing what he commands, and avoiding what he forbids. John Tillotson.

    The fashion of the world is to avoid cost, and you encounter it. William Shakespeare, Much ado about Nothing.

    What have you to do here, fellow? pray you, avoid the house. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    If any rebel should be required of the prince confederate, the prince confedederate should command him to avoid the country. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    He desired to speak with some few of us: whereupon six of us only stayed, and the rest avoided the room. Francis Bacon, N. Atl.

    The removing that which caused putrefaction, doth prevent and avoid putrefaction. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist. №. 340.

  2. To Avoidverb

    And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall with it: and David avoided out of his presence twice. 1 Sam. xviii. 11.

    Bishopricks are not included under benefices: so that if a person takes a bishoprick, it does not avoid by force of that law of pluralities, but by the ancient common law. John Ayliffe, Parergon Juris Canonici.


  1. avoid

    Avoid generally means to keep away from or stop oneself from doing something. This could involve preventing something from happening by choosing not to go near or get involved in a particular situation, object or person. It can also refer to the act of consciously ignoring or dismissing certain activities or situations.

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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  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. Katie Stockton:

    The downtrends there are very much intact, i think that would be a pocket of weakness for the transportation sector that for now you'd want to avoid.

  2. Milwaukee Brewers:

    Potential repercussions extend beyond any player seeking a thirst-quencher to his family, teammates, opponents and even the sports ability to continue. Part of the motivation for good behavior might be the same thing that drives most things in baseball wins and losses. The defending NL East champion Braves were rocked at the start of camp by the positive tests. Their setback underscored the new weight of the annual preseason mantra, If we can stay healthy.... I think we all recognize that the team that is hit the least hard by the virus, thats able to keep themselves healthy out there, is going to have the best chance to compete, Houston Astros James Click Click said. For a major leaguer, its counterintuitive : Avoid crowds. Teamwork can help players adopt an appropriately low-key lifestyle. I just make Christian Yelich get me everything, man.

  3. Satoshi Matsuzaka:

    I know there are people that take walks, but at a time like this, people tend to avoid going out, i hope people can exercise at home with this exercise.

  4. Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols---"Maxims and Arrows":

    I mistrust all systemizers and avoid them. The will to a system is a lack of integrity.

  5. David Yepsen:

    Everybody has to avoid making mistakes, if you mess something up in this debate you're going to have almost no opportunity to correct it.

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