Escape is defined as to get away.(verb)
An example of escape is to break out of prison.
The definition of an escape is a breaking away.(noun)
An example of escape is a child breaking out of her playpen.
See escape in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME escapen < NormFr escaper, var. of eschaper < VL *excappare < L ex-, out of (see ex-) + LL cappa, cloak (i.e., leave one's cloak behind)
Origin: ME escap
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verb es·caped, es·cap·ing, es·capes verb, intransitive
Origin: Middle English escapen
Origin: , from Old North French escaper
Origin: , from Vulgar Latin *excappāre, to get out of one's cape, get away
Origin: : Latin ex-, ex-
Origin: + Medieval Latin cappa, cloak.
See escape in Ologies
a mania for running away.
Obsolete, swimming away, especially escaping by swimming.
the art or technique of escaping from chains, locked trunks, etc., especially when exhibited as a form of entertainment. —escapist, n., adj.
fleeing from justice, as by a criminal.
a flight or escape to safety.
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