If during rush hour you take another route so that you will not be in heavy traffic, then that is an example of an action taken to avoid.
- Law to make void; annul, invalidate, or quash (a plea, etc.)
- to keep away from; evade; shun: to avoid crowds
- to keep from happening: to avoid breakage
- Obs. to void; empty
- Obs. to go away from; leave
Origin of avoidMiddle English avoiden ; from Anglo-French avoider ; from Old French esvuidier, to empty ; from es- (; from Classical Latin ex-), out + vuidier: see void
transitive verba·void·ed, a·void·ing, a·voids
- a. To stay clear of; go around or away from: swerve to avoid a pothole.b. To take measures so as not to meet or see (someone): “He never let go of the idea that she lived out there in order to avoid him” (Elizabeth Benedict).
- To prevent from happening: You can avoid illness with exercise and a balanced diet.
- a. To refrain from using, engaging in, or partaking of: avoid red meat; avoid risky behavior.b. To refrain from (doing something): It was all we could do to avoid laughing at the remark.
- Law To annul or make void; invalidate.
- Obsolete To void or expel.
Origin of avoidMiddle English avoiden, from Anglo-Norman avoider, to empty out, variant of Old French esvuidier : es-, out (from Latin ex-; see ex–) + vuidier, to empty (from voide, empty; see void).
(third-person singular simple present avoids, present participle avoiding, simple past and past participle avoided)
- To keep away from; to keep clear of; to endeavor not to meet; to shun; to abstain from.
- I try to avoid the company of gamblers.
- (now law) To make void, to annul; to refute (especially a contract).
- (law) 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.
- Francis Bacon
- Six of us only stayed, and the rest avoided the room.
- This is a catenative verb that takes the gerund (-ing).
avoid - Legal Definition