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Meaning & Definition of Avoid in English

English

Avoid

/əvɔɪd/

verb

1. Stay clear from

  • Keep away from
  • Keep out of the way of someone or something
  • "Her former friends now avoid her"
    synonym:
  • avoid

2. Prevent the occurrence of

  • Prevent from happening
  • "Let's avoid a confrontation"
  • "Head off a confrontation"
  • "Avert a strike"
    synonym:
  • debar
  • ,
  • forefend
  • ,
  • forfend
  • ,
  • obviate
  • ,
  • deflect
  • ,
  • avert
  • ,
  • head off
  • ,
  • stave off
  • ,
  • fend off
  • ,
  • avoid
  • ,
  • ward off

3. Refrain from doing something

  • "She refrains from calling her therapist too often"
  • "He should avoid publishing his wife's memories"
    synonym:
  • avoid

4. Refrain from certain foods or beverages

  • "I keep off drugs"
  • "During ramadan, muslims avoid tobacco during the day"
    synonym:
  • keep off
  • ,
  • avoid

5. Declare invalid

  • "The contract was annulled"
  • "Void a plea"
    synonym:
  • invalidate
  • ,
  • annul
  • ,
  • quash
  • ,
  • void
  • ,
  • avoid
  • ,
  • nullify

Examples of using

You can't always avoid problems.
I swerved to avoid hitting a skunk.
When it's very hot, you should drink lots of water to avoid dehydration.