Avoid meaning

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To keep away from; evade; shun.

To avoid crowds.

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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.

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To keep from happening.

To avoid breakage.

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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.

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(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.

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To prevent from happening.

You can avoid illness with exercise and a balanced diet.

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(now law) To make void, to annul; to refute (especially a contract).
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Francis Bacon.

Six of us only stayed, and the rest avoided the room.

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(law) To annul or make void; invalidate.
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(obs.) To go away from; leave.
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(obsolete) To void or expel.
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(law) To make void; annul, invalidate, or quash (a plea, etc.)
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(obs.) To void; empty.
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To annul, cancel, make void, or nullify for some legal reason a transaction to which one is a party or owes an obligation. For example, a child who is under the age of capacity may disavow a contract and avoid her obligations under it because she lacks the legal capacity to enter into a contract. See also annul, voidable, and ratify.
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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