meaning of AVOID

AVOID meaning in General Dictionary

To bare

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  • To retire to withdraw
  • try to avoid performing something
  • declare invalid
  • prevent the occurrence of; prevent from taking place
  • try to avoid certain foods or drinks
  • stay obvious from; keep away from; hold off the beaten track of somebody or something like that
  • To vacant.
  • To emit or dispose off; to void; since, to avoid excretions.
  • to give up or evacuate; to withdraw from.
  • In order to make void; to annul or vacate; to refute.
  • to help keep far from; to help keep away from; to endeavor no to meet up with; to shun; to avoid; because, to avoid the company of gamesters.
  • to eradicate.
  • To beat or evade; to invalidate. Hence, in a replication, the plaintiff may reject the defendant's plea, or confess it, and steer clear of it by stating brand new matter.
  • To retire; to withdraw.
  • to be void or vacant.

AVOID meaning in Law Dictionary

To annul; cancel; make yoid; to destroy the efficacy of any such thing.


AVOID meaning in Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, from Anglo-French avoider "to drive out, withdraw (oneself)," partly anglicized from Old French esvuidier "to empty away," from es- "out" (see ex-) + vuidier "is empty," from voide "empty, vast, large, hollow, waste" (see void (adj.)). Originally a law term; contemporary sense of "have nothing to do with" also was at center English and corresponds to Old French eviter with which it was possibly puzzled. Meaning "escape, avoid" very first attested 1520s. Relevant: Avoided; preventing.


AVOID meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) To bare.

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  • (a.) To produce or throw out; to void; since, to avoid excretions.
  • (a.) To stop or evacuate; to withdraw from.
  • (a.) To create void; to annul or vacate; to refute.
  • (a.) Maintain away from; to keep free from; to endeavor no to meet up; to shun; to abstain from; as, in order to avoid the business of gamesters.
  • (a.) To eradicate.
  • (a.) To defeat or avoid; to invalidate. Thus, in a replication, the plaintiff may deny the defendant's plea, or confess it, and get away from it by stating new matter.
  • (v. i.) To retire; to withdraw.
  • (v. i.) In order to become void or vacant.

Sentence Examples with the word AVOID

When, in December 1674, a Swedish army invaded Prussian Pomerania, Denmark was bound to intervene as a belligerent, but Griffenfeldt endeavoured to postpone this intervention as long as possible; and Sweden's anxiety to avoid hostilities with her southern neighbour materially assisted him to postpone the evil day.

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