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English noun: escape

1. escape (act) the act of escaping physically


SamplesHe made his escape from the mental hospital.
The canary escaped from its cage.
His flight was an indication of his guilt.


Synonymsflight


Broader (hypernym)running away


Narrower (hyponym)break, breakout, evasion, exodus, gaolbreak, getaway, hegira, hejira, jailbreak, lam, prison-breaking, prisonbreak, skedaddle


Instance hyponymHegira, Hejira, Underground Railroad, Underground Railway

2. escape (act) an inclination to retreat from unpleasant realities through diversion or fantasy


SamplesRomantic novels were her escape from the stress of daily life.
His alcohol problem was a form of escapism.


Synonymsescapism


Broader (hypernym)diversion, recreation

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


SamplesHis evasion of his clear duty was reprehensible.
That escape from the consequences is possible but unattractive.


Synonymsdodging, evasion


Broader (hypernym)carelessness, neglect, negligence, nonperformance


Narrower (hyponym)circumvention, escape mechanism, goldbricking, goofing off, malingering, shirking, skulking, slacking, soldiering

4. escape (act) an avoidance of danger or difficulty


SamplesThat was a narrow escape.


Broader (hypernym)avoidance, dodging, shunning, turning away

5. escape (act) a means or way of escaping


SamplesHard work was his escape from worry.
They installed a second hatch as an escape.
Their escape route.


Broader (hypernym)agency, means, way

6. escape (plant) a plant originally cultivated but now growing wild


Broader (hypernym)flora, plant, plant life

7. escape (event) the discharge of a fluid from some container


SamplesThey tried to stop the escape of gas from the damaged pipe.
He had to clean up the leak.


Synonymsleak, leakage, outflow


Broader (hypernym)discharge, outpouring, run

8. escape (artifact) 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


Synonymsescape cock, escape valve, relief valve, safety valve


Broader (hypernym)regulator, valve


English verb: escape

1. escape (motion) run away from confinement


SamplesThe convicted murderer escaped from a high security prison.


Synonymsbreak loose, get away


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)flee, fly, take flight


Narrower (hyponym)bilk, break, break away, break out, elude, escape, escape from, evade, get away, run away, shake, shake off, slip, throw off

2. escape (communication) fail to experience


SamplesFortunately, I missed the hurricane.


Synonymsmiss


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)avoid

3. escape (communication) escape potentially unpleasant consequences; get away with a forbidden action


SamplesShe gets away with murder!.
I couldn't get out from under these responsibilities.


Synonymsget away, get by, get off, get out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)avoid


Narrower (hyponym)evade

4. escape (stative) be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by


SamplesWhat you are seeing in him eludes me.


ExamplesThe performance is likely to escape Sue


Synonymselude


Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)amaze, baffle, beat, bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, get, gravel, mystify, nonplus, perplex, pose, puzzle, stick, stupefy, vex


Narrower (hyponym)defy, refuse, resist

5. escape (social) remove oneself from a familiar environment, usually for pleasure or diversion


SamplesWe escaped to our summer house for a few days.
The president of the company never manages to get away during the summer.


Synonymsget away


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)break loose, escape, get away

6. escape (motion) flee; take to one's heels; cut and run


SamplesIf you see this man, run!.
The burglars escaped before the police showed up.


Synonymsbreak away, bunk, fly the coop, head for the hills, hightail it, lam, run, run away, scarper, scat, take to the woods, turn tail


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)go away, go forth, leave


Narrower (hyponym)flee, fly, skedaddle, take flight

7. escape (change) issue or leak, as from a small opening


SamplesGas escaped into the bedroom.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)come forth, come out, egress, emerge, go forth, issue









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