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Meaning of AVOID

Pronunciation:  u'voyd

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something; "Her former friends now avoid her"
  2. [v]  refrain from certain foods or beverages; "I keep off drugs"; "During Ramadan, Muslims avoid tobacco during the day"
  3. [v]  prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening; "Let's avoid a confrontation"; "head off a confrontation"; "avert a strike"
  4. [v]  refrain from doing something; "She refrains from calling her therapist too often"; "He should avoid publishing his wife's memoires"
  5. [v]  declare invalid; "The contract was annulled"; "avoid a plea"

AVOID is a 5 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: annul, avert, debar, deflect, fend off, head off, invalidate, keep off, nullify, obviate, quash, stave off, void, ward off
 Antonyms: confront, face, face up, formalise, formalize, validate
 See Also: abstain, break, bypass, cancel, circumvent, desist, dodge, duck, elude, escape, eschew, evade, forbid, foreclose, forestall, fudge, get around, get away, get by, get off, get out, go around, goldbrick, hedge, keep off, miss, parry, preclude, prevent, put off, refrain, shirk, shirk, short-circuit, shrink from, shun, shy away from, sidestep, skirt, stay off, stet, strike down



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
  2. \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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