WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
es•cape /ɪˈskeɪp/USA pronunciation v., -caped, -cap•ing,n., adj. 
v.  [~ (+ from + object)] to slip or get away, as from confinement or jail:How did the mice escape from their cage? to avoid (capture, punishment, injury, or the like): [+ object]The town escaped the worst of the storm.[no object]managed to escape with only cuts and bruises. [no object] to issue from a confining enclosure, as a gas or liquid:Air escaped from the balloon. [+ object] to fail to remember or notice:His name escapes me at the moment.
n.  [countable] an act or instance of escaping. a way or means of escaping: [countable]We used the tunnel as an escape.[uncountable]The back door is your only means of escape. [countable] a way or means of avoiding reality:liked to read mystery stories as an escape.
adj. [before a noun] for or providing an escape:an escape hatch. Computingbeing a key on a microcomputer keyboard, often used to return to a previous program screen:Hit the escape key. escape, elude, evade mean to keep free of something. To escape is to succeed in keeping away from danger, from being chased or observed, etc.:to escape punishment. To elude is to slip through an apparently tight net, thus avoiding, often by a narrow margin, whatever threatens; it implies using skill or cleverness to baffle or fool:The fox eluded the hounds by his clever twists and turns. To evade is to turn aside from or go out of reach of a person or thing, usually by using a trick to direct attention elsewhere:to evade the police.

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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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