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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.


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.


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.


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


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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