Escape - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɪˈskeɪp|  American pronunciation of the word escape
Brit.  |ɪˈskeɪp|  British pronunciation of the word escape
- the act of escaping physically (syn: flight)
- an inclination to retreat from unpleasant realities through diversion or fantasy (syn: escapism)
- nonperformance of something distasteful (as by deceit or trickery) that you are supposed to do (syn: evasion)
- an avoidance of danger or difficulty
- a means or way of escaping
- a plant originally cultivated but now growing wild
- the discharge of a fluid from some container (syn: leak, leakage, outflow)
- 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
- run away from confinement (syn: get away)
- fail to experience (syn: miss)
- escape potentially unpleasant consequences; get away with a forbidden action (syn: get away, get by, get off, get out)
- be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by (syn: elude)
- remove oneself from a familiar environment, usually for pleasure or diversion (syn: get away)
- flee; take to one's heels; cut and run (syn: break away, bunk, lam, run, run away, scat)
- issue or leak, as from a small opening


They managed to escape from the burning building.

He needed a vacation to escape the routine of daily life.

She moved to the city to escape the memory of her mother's death.

trying to help people to escape poverty

trying to help people to escape from poverty

He succeeded in escaping punishment for many years.

A few passengers somehow escaped injury.

She barely escaped death when her car slid off the road.

Several passengers escaped without injury.

The prisoners attempted a daring escape.

He celebrated his escape from his boring job with a long vacation.

She had a lucky escape when she wasn't injured in the accident.

She managed to avoid serious injury, but it was a narrow escape.

The door was locked; there was no escape.

Gardening offered an escape from her busy life.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: escape
he/she/it: escapes
present participle: escaping
past tense: escaped
past participle: escaped
singular: escape
plural: escapes
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