- The definition of avoid is to keep something from coming near you, affecting you, or from happening to you.
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.
- to make void; annul, invalidate, or quash (a plea, etc. in law)
- to keep away from; evade; shun: to avoid crowds
- to keep from happening: to avoid breakage
- Obsolete to void; empty
- Obsolete 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