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Meaning & Definition of Avoid in English





1. Stay clear from

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

2. Prevent the occurrence of

  • Prevent from happening
  • "Let's avoid a confrontation"
  • "Head off a confrontation"
  • "Avert a strike"
  • 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"
  • avoid

4. Refrain from certain foods or beverages

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

5. Declare invalid

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

Examples of using

She was blinded by the glare of headlights and could not avoid the accident.
By the way, if you translate from Japanese, avoid unowned sentences - there are very many unnatural and just incorrect sentences among them.
I ducked just in time to avoid the punch aimed at me.