Avoid

Definition of Avoid

A`void´
v. t.1.To empty.
[imp. & p. p. Avoided; p. pr. & vb. n. Avoiding.]
2.To emit or throw out; to void; as, to avoid excretions.
3.To quit or evacuate; to withdraw from.
Six of us only stayed, and the rest avoided
the room.
- Bacon.
4.To make void; to annul or vacate; to refute.
How can these grants of the king's be avoided?
- Spenser.
5.To keep away from; to keep clear of; to endeavor no to meet; to shun; to abstain from; as, to avoid the company of gamesters.
What need a man forestall his date of grief.
And run to meet what he would most avoid ?
- Milton.
He carefully avoided every act which could goad them into open hostility.
- Macaulay.
6.To get rid of.
7.(Pleading) To defeat or evade; to invalidate. Thus, in a replication, the plaintiff may deny the defendant's plea, or confess it, and avoid it by stating new matter.
No man can pray from his heart to be kept from temptation, if the take no care of himself to avoid it.
- Mason.
So Chanticleer, who never saw a fox,
Yet shunned him as a sailor shuns the rocks.
- Dryden.
v. i.1.To retire; to withdraw.
David avoided out of his presence.
- 1 Sam. xviii. 11.
2.(Law) To become void or vacant.

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