What does escape mean?

Definitions for escape

Here are all the possible meanings 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.

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, 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. Mwanandeke Kindembo:

    Obviously, no one can escape the chains of self-interest. It is the same attribute of self-interest that shapes our judgments.

  2. Massimo Osanna:

    They are objects of everyday life in the female world and are extraordinary because they tell micro-stories, biographies of the inhabitants of the city who tried to escape the eruption.

  3. Jennifer Nuzzo:

    It's both my job and my life in a way that usually at the end of your workday, you get a break from what you're working on, we don't escape it at all. That can be just emotionally exhausting.

  4. Fedor Baart:

    We didn't know exactly when the inmates launched their boats, or their precise starting point, and so we decided to release 50 'boats' every 30 minutes between 20:00 and 04:00 (11 p.m. and 4 a.m.) from a range of possible escape spots at Alcatraz to see where they would end up, we added a paddling effect to the 'boats,' as we assumed the prisoners would paddle as they got closer to land.

  5. Justin Timberlake:

    Sadly, there are millions of kids who will never experience that movie magic. They are refugees who just by geographical happenstance are missing out on what we all take for granted, the ability to laugh, cry, be inspired and escape through the images projected on a screen.

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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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