Avoid - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |əˈvɔɪd|  American pronunciation of the word avoid
Brit.  |əˈvɔɪd|  British pronunciation of the word avoid

verb

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

Her former friends now avoid her

- prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening(syn: avert, debar, deflect, forefend, forfend, obviate)

Let's avoid a confrontation

- refrain from doing something

He should avoid publishing his wife's memories

- refrain from certain foods or beverages

During Ramadan, Muslims avoid tobacco during the day

- declare invalid (syn: annul, invalidate, nullify, quash, void)

Examples

Why do you keep avoiding me?

She took a detour to avoid the heavy traffic.

They successfully avoided each other for days.

He tried hard to avoid accidents.

We need to avoid further delays.

He was caught trying to avoid arrest.

in an effort to avoid confusion

I'm not going to be late if I can avoid it.

How can I avoid paying too much tax?

I am trying to avoid showing any hint of favoritism.

She managed to avoid being punished.

One could hardly avoid noticing him.

Road safety is taught to young children to avoid road accidents.

It is important to take measures to avoid the risk of fire.

The refugees left to avoid getting bombed.

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: avoid
he/she/it: avoids
present participle: avoiding
past tense: avoided
past participle: avoided
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