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Meaning & Definition of Escape in English





1. The act of escaping physically

  • "He made his escape from the mental hospital"
  • "The canary escaped from its cage"
  • "His flight was an indication of his guilt"
  • escape,
  • flight

2. An inclination to retreat from unpleasant realities through diversion or fantasy

  • "Romantic novels were her escape from the stress of daily life"
  • "His alcohol problem was a form of escapism"
  • escape,
  • escapism

3. Nonperformance of something distasteful (as by deceit or trickery) that you are supposed to do

  • "His evasion of his clear duty was reprehensible"
  • "That escape from the consequences is possible but unattractive"
  • evasion,
  • escape,
  • dodging

4. An avoidance of danger or difficulty

  • "That was a narrow escape"
  • 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"
  • escape

6. A plant originally cultivated but now growing wild

  • escape

7. The discharge of a fluid from some container

  • "They tried to stop the escape of gas from the damaged pipe"
  • "He had to clean up the leak"
  • escape,
  • 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,
  • escape


1. Run away from confinement

  • "The convicted murderer escaped from a high security prison"
  • escape,
  • get away,
  • break loose

2. Fail to experience

  • "Fortunately, i missed the hurricane"
  • miss,
  • escape

3. Escape potentially unpleasant consequences

  • Get away with a forbidden action
  • "She gets away with murder!"
  • "I couldn't get out from under these responsibilities"
  • get off,
  • get away,
  • get by,
  • get out,
  • escape

4. Be incomprehensible to

  • Escape understanding by
  • "What you are seeing in him eludes me"
  • elude,
  • escape

5. Remove oneself from a familiar environment, usually for pleasure or diversion

  • "We escaped to our summer house for a few days"
  • "The president of the company never manages to get away during the summer"
  • escape,
  • get away

6. Flee

  • Take to one's heels
  • Cut and run
  • "If you see this man, run!"
  • "The burglars escaped before the police showed up"
  • scat,
  • run,
  • scarper,
  • turn tail,
  • lam,
  • run away,
  • hightail it,
  • bunk,
  • head for the hills,
  • take to the woods,
  • escape,
  • fly the coop,
  • break away

7. Issue or leak, as from a small opening

  • "Gas escaped into the bedroom"
  • escape

Examples of using

Tom managed to escape.
You can't escape from me.
You can't escape.