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English Dictionary: Avoid by the DICT Development Group
3 results for Avoid
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something; "Her former friends now avoid her"
    Antonym(s): confront, face, face up
  2. prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening; "Let's avoid a confrontation"; "head off a confrontation"; "avert a strike"
    Synonym(s): debar, forefend, forfend, obviate, deflect, avert, head off, stave off, fend off, avoid, ward off
  3. refrain from doing something; "She refrains from calling her therapist too often"; "He should avoid publishing his wife's memories"
  4. refrain from certain foods or beverages; "I keep off drugs"; "During Ramadan, Muslims avoid tobacco during the day"
    Synonym(s): keep off, avoid
  5. declare invalid; "The contract was annulled"; "void a plea"
    Synonym(s): invalidate, annul, quash, void, avoid, nullify
    Antonym(s): formalise, formalize, validate
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Avoid \A*void"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Avoided}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Avoiding}.] [OF. esvuidier, es (L. ex) + vuidier, voidier,
      to empty. See {Void}, a.]
      1. To empty. [Obs.] --Wyclif.
      2. To emit or throw out; to void; as, to avoid excretions.
            [Obs.] --Sir T. Browne.
      3. To quit or evacuate; to withdraw from. [Obs.]
                     Six of us only stayed, and the rest avoided the
                     room.                                                --Bacon.
      4. To make void; to annul or vacate; to refute.
                     How can these grants of the king's be avoided?
      5. 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.
                     What need a man forestall his date of grief. And run
                     to meet what he would most avoid ?      --Milton.
                     He carefully avoided every act which could goad them
                     into open hostility.                           --Macaulay.
      6. To get rid of. [Obs.] --Shak.
      7. (Pleading) 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.
      Syn: To escape; elude; evade; eschew.
      Usage: To {Avoid}, {Shun}. Avoid in its commonest sense
                  means, to keep clear of, an extension of the meaning,
                  to withdraw one's self from. It denotes care taken not
                  to come near or in contact; as, to avoid certain
                  persons or places. Shun is a stronger term, implying
                  more prominently the idea of intention. The words may,
                  however, in many cases be interchanged.
                           No man can pray from his heart to be kept from
                           temptation, if the take no care of himself to
                           avoid it.                                    --Mason.
                           So Chanticleer, who never saw a fox, Yet shunned
                           him as a sailor shuns the rocks.   --Dryden.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Avoid \A*void"\, v. i.
      1. To retire; to withdraw. [Obs.]
                     David avoided out of his presence.      --1 Sam.
                                                                              xviii. 11.
      2. (Law) To become void or vacant. [Obs.] --Ayliffe.
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