When you run away from a ghost, this is an example of a situation where you flee.
intransitive verbfled, flee′ing
- to run away or escape from danger, pursuit, unpleasantness, etc.
- to pass away swiftly; vanish: night had fled
- to move rapidly; go swiftly
Origin of fleeMiddle English fleen from Old English fleon: see flow
verbfled, flee·ing, flees
- To run away, as from trouble or danger: fled from the house into the night.
- To pass swiftly away; vanish: “of time fleeing beneath him” ( William Faulkner )
Origin of fleeMiddle English flen from Old English flēon ; see pleu- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present flees, present participle fleeing, simple past and past participle fled)
- (intransitive) To run away; to escape.
- The prisoner tried to flee, but was caught by the guards.
- To escape from.
- Many people fled the country as war loomed.
- Thousands of people moved northward trying to flee the drought.
- (intransitive) To disappear quickly; to vanish.
- Etherical products flee once freely exposed to air
From Old English flēon, from Proto-Germanic *fleuhaną.