The definition of avoid is to keep something from coming near you, affecting you, or from happening to you.(verb)
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.
See avoid in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME avoiden < Anglo-Fr avoider < OFr esvuidier, to empty < es- (< L ex-), out + vuidier: see void
See avoid in American Heritage Dictionary 4
transitive verb a·void·ed, a·void·ing, a·voids
Origin: Middle English avoiden
Origin: , from Anglo-Norman avoider, to empty out
Origin: , variant of Old French esvuidier
Origin: : es-, out (from Latin ex-; see ex-)
Origin: + vuidier, to empty (from voide, empty; see void).
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