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escape /ɪˈskeɪp/ vb
  1. to get away or break free from (confinements, captors, etc)
  2. to manage to avoid (imminent danger, punishment, evil, etc)
  3. (intransitive) usually followed by from: (of gases, liquids, etc) to issue gradually, as from a crack or fissure; seep; leak
  4. (transitive) to elude; be forgotten by: the actual figure escapes me
  5. (transitive) to be articulated inadvertently or involuntarily: a roar escaped his lips
  1. the act of escaping or state of having escaped
  2. avoidance of injury, harm, etc
  3. a means or way of escape
  4. (as modifier): an escape route
  5. a means of distraction or relief, esp from reality or boredom
  6. a gradual outflow; leakage; seepage
  7. Also called: escape valve, escape cock a valve that releases air, steam, etc, above a certain pressure; relief valve or safety valve
  8. a plant that was originally cultivated but is now growing wild
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old Northern French escaper, from Vulgar Latin excappāre (unattested) to escape (literally: to remove one's cloak, hence free oneself), from ex-1 + Late Latin cappa cloak

esˈcapable adj esˈcaper n

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