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English verb: avoid

1. avoid (communication) stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something

SamplesHer former friends now avoid her.

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

Narrower (hyponym)bypass, circumvent, dodge, duck, elude, escape, escape, eschew, evade, fudge, get around, get away, get by, get off, get out, go around, hedge, keep off, miss, parry, put off, shirk, short-circuit, shun, shy away from, sidestep, skirt, stay off

Antonymsface, face up, confront

2. avoid (social) prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening

SamplesLet's avoid a confrontation.
Head off a confrontation.
Avert a strike.

Synonymsavert, debar, deflect, fend off, forefend, forfend, head off, obviate, stave off, ward off

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)forbid, foreclose, forestall, preclude, prevent

3. avoid (social) refrain from doing something

SamplesShe refrains from calling her therapist too often.
He should avoid publishing his wife's memories.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s VERB-ing

Narrower (hyponym)fiddle, goldbrick, shirk, shrink from

4. avoid (consumption) refrain from certain foods or beverages

SamplesI keep off drugs.
During Ramadan, Muslims avoid tobacco during the day.

Synonymskeep off

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)abstain, desist, refrain

5. avoid (social) declare invalid

SamplesThe contract was annulled.
Void a plea.

Synonymsannul, invalidate, nullify, quash, void

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cancel, strike down

Narrower (hyponym)break, stet

Antonymsvalidate, formalise, formalize

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