Avoid Definition

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To stay clear of; go around or away from.
Swerve to avoid a pothole.
American Heritage
To make void; annul, invalidate, or quash (a plea, etc.)
Webster's New World
To take measures so as not to meet or see (someone).
American Heritage
To keep away from; evade; shun.
To avoid crowds.
Webster's New World
To prevent from happening.
You can avoid illness with exercise and a balanced diet.
American Heritage

Origin of Avoid

  • Middle English avoiden from Anglo-Norman avoider to empty out variant of Old French esvuidier es- out (from Latin ex- ex–) vuidier to empty (from voide empty void)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English avoiden, from Anglo-Norman avoider, Old French esvuidier (“to empty out”), from es- + vuidier, from Latin viduare (“to empty”), from viduus (“empty”); see void.

    From Wiktionary

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