avoid meaning

[ ə'vɔid ] Pronunciation:   "avoid" in a sentence
  • Verb: avoid  u'voyd
    1. Stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something
      "Her former friends now avoid her" 
    2. Prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening
      "Let's avoid a confrontation"
      - debar, forefend, forfend, obviate, deflect, avert, head off, stave off, fend off, ward off 
    3. Refrain from doing something
      "He should avoid publishing his wife's memories" 
    4. Refrain from certain foods or beverages
      "During Ramadan, Muslims avoid tobacco during the day"
      - keep off 
    5. Declare invalid
      - invalidate, annul, quash, void, nullify

    Derived forms: avoided, avoiding, avoids

    See also: avoidable, avoidance

    Type of: abstain, cancel, desist, forbid, foreclose, forestall, preclude, prevent, refrain, strike down

    Antonym: confront

    Encyclopedia: Avoid

  • [Business]
    verb [+ obj]


    to prevent sth bad from happening:

    They are looking for funds to avoid the company going bankrupt.

    The name was changed to avoid confusion with another firm.

    With more careful planning, this situation could have been avoided.


    to try not to do sth; to keep away from sb/sth:

    The insurance company tried everything to avoid paying the claim.

    I leave early in the morning to avoid the rush hour.

  • [Law]
    vb. To set aside a voidable contract.


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  1. be careful to avoid being subjective and one-sided.
  2. the rule is to avoid extreme clothes.
  3. eben avoids their eyes sheepishly.
  4. the action is brought to avoid a sale.
  5. i came navron to avoid people to be alone.

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