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Meaning of FLEE

Pronunciation:  flee

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  to run away; "He threw down his gun and fled."

FLEE is a 4 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: fly, take flight
 See Also: abscond, absquatulate, bolt, break, break loose, decamp, defect, desert, elope, escape, get away, go away, go forth, go off, leave, run off, stampede



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Flee\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Fled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Fleeing}.] [OE. fleon, fleen, AS. fle['o]n (imperf.
fle['a]h); akin to D. vlieden, OHG. & OS. fliohan, G.
fliehen, Icel. fl?ja (imperf. fl??i), Dan. flye, Sw. fly
(imperf. flydde), Goth. pliuhan. (?) 84. Cf. {Flight}.]
To run away, as from danger or evil; to avoid in an alarmed
or cowardly manner; to hasten off; -- usually with from. This
is sometimes omitted, making the verb transitive.

      [He] cowardly fled, not having struck one stroke.

      Flee fornication.                        --1 Cor. vi.

      So fled his enemies my warlike father.   --Shak.

Note: When great speed is to be indicated, we commonly use
      fly, not flee; as, fly hence to France with the utmost
      speed. ``Whither shall I fly to 'scape their hands?''
      --Shak. See {Fly}, v. i., 5.

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