WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
es•cape /ɪˈskeɪp/USA pronunciation v., -caped, -cap•ing,n., adj. 

  • [~ (+ 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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