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Adjective: escaped  i'skeypt
  1. Having broken free from confinement, capture, control, etc.
    "searching for two escaped prisoners";
    - at large, loose, on the loose
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 [informal], 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 [informal], run, scarper [Brit, informal], turn tail [informal], lam [N. Amer, informal], run away, hightail it [N. Amer, informal], bunk [informal], head for the hills [informal], take to the woods [informal], fly the coop [informal], break away, leg it [Brit, informal]
  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"

See also: free

Type of: avoid, baffle, beat, bedevil, befuddle, bewilder, come forth, come out, confound, confuse, cut and run [informal], discombobulate [informal], dumbfound, egress, emerge, flee, flummox, fly, fox, fuddle, get, go away, go forth, gravel, issue, leave, mystify, nonplus, off [informal], perplex, pose, puzzle, stick, stupefy, take flight, throw, vex

Encyclopedia: Escaped