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Verb: escape  i'skeyp
  1. Run away from confinement
    "The convicted murderer escaped from a high security prison";
    - get away, break loose
  2. Fail to experience
    "Fortunately, I escaped the hurricane";
    - miss
  3. Escape potentially unpleasant consequences; get away with a forbidden action
    "She escapes with murder!";
    - get off, get away, get by, get out
  4. Be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by
    "What you are seeing in him escapes me";
    - elude
  5. Remove oneself from a familiar environment, usually for pleasure or diversion
    "We escaped to our summer house for a few days";
    - get away
  6. Flee; take to one's heels; cut and run
    "The burglars escaped before the police showed up";
    - scat, run, scarper, turn tail, lam [N. Amer], run away, hightail it, bunk, head for the hills, take to the woods, fly the coop, break away, leg it [Brit]
  7. Issue or leak, as from a small opening
    "Gas escaped into the bedroom"
  8. (computing) change characters that normally have a special meaning so that they appear as literal characters rather than having their meaning applied, e.g. by prefixing the character with a special 'escape' character
    "often quotation marks are escaped by prefixing with a backslash"
Noun: escape  i'skeyp
  1. The act of escaping physically
    "he made his escape from the mental hospital";
    - flight
  2. An inclination to retreat from unpleasant realities through diversion or fantasy
    "romantic novels were her escape from the stress of daily life";
    - escapism
  3. Nonperformance of something distasteful (as by deceit or trickery) that you are supposed to do
    "that escape from the consequences is possible but unattractive";
    - evasion, dodging
  4. An avoidance of danger or difficulty
    "that was a narrow escape"
  5. A means or way of escaping
    "hard work was his escape from worry"; "they installed a second hatch as an escape"; "their escape route"
  6. A plant originally cultivated but now growing wild
  7. The discharge of a fluid from some container
    "they tried to stop the escape of gas from the damaged pipe";
    - leak, leakage, outflow
  8. A valve in a container in which pressure can build up (as a steam boiler); it opens automatically when the pressure reaches a dangerous level
    - safety valve, relief valve, escape valve, escape cock
  9. (computing) a key on most modern computer keyboards (often abbreviated "Esc"); typically programmed to cancel the current operation or close the current window
    - escape key

Derived forms: escaped, escaping, escapes

Type of: agency, avoid, avoidance, baffle, beat, bedevil, befuddle, bewilder, carelessness, come forth, come out, confound, confuse, cut and run, discharge, discombobulate, diversion, dodging, dumbfound, egress, emerge, flee, flora, flummox, fly, fox, fuddle, get, go away, go forth, gravel, issue, leave, means, mystify, neglect, negligence, nonperformance, nonplus, outpouring, perplex, plant, plant life, pose, puzzle, recreation, regulator, run, running away, shunning, stick, stupefy, take flight, throw, turning away, valve, vex, way

Encyclopedia: Escape