Associations to the word «Avoid»


AVOID, verb. (transitive) To keep away from; to keep clear of; to endeavor not to meet; to shun; to abstain from.
AVOID, verb. (transitive) (obsolete) To make empty; to clear.
AVOID, verb. (transitive) (now legal) To make void, to annul; to refute (especially a contract).
AVOID, verb. (transitive) (legal) 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.
AVOID, verb. (transitive) (obsolete) To emit or throw out; to void; as, to avoid excretions.
AVOID, verb. (transitive) (obsolete) To leave, evacuate; to leave as empty, to withdraw or come away from.
AVOID, verb. (transitive) (obsolete) To get rid of.
AVOID, verb. (intransitive) (obsolete) To retire; to withdraw, depart, go away.
AVOID, verb. (intransitive) (obsolete) To become void or vacant.
AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE, verb. (simile) (idiomatic) To shun, or evade if at all possible.

Dictionary definition

AVOID, verb. Stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something; "Her former friends now avoid her".
AVOID, verb. Prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening; "Let's avoid a confrontation"; "head off a confrontation"; "avert a strike".
AVOID, verb. Refrain from doing something; "She refrains from calling her therapist too often"; "He should avoid publishing his wife's memories".
AVOID, verb. Refrain from certain foods or beverages; "I keep off drugs"; "During Ramadan, Muslims avoid tobacco during the day".
AVOID, verb. Declare invalid; "The contract was annulled"; "void a plea".

Wise words

Since a politician never believes what he says, he is quite surprised to be taken at his word.
Charles de Gaulle