Escape meaning

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Escape is defined as to get away.

An example of escape is to break out of prison.

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The act or an instance of escaping.
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To avoid a serious or unwanted outcome.

Escaped from the accident with their lives.

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(biology) To become established in the wild. Used of a plant or animal.
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(computers) To interrupt a command, exit a program, or change levels within a program by using a key, combination of keys, or key sequence.
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To succeed in avoiding.

The thief escaped punishment.

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To be outside the memory or understanding of; fail to be remembered or understood by.

Her name escapes me. The book's significance escaped him.

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To break loose from confinement; get free.

Escape from jail.

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To break loose from; get free of.

The spacecraft escaped Earth's gravitational field.

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To issue from confinement or enclosure; leak or seep out.

Gas was escaping from the vent.

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To issue involuntarily from.

A sigh escaped my lips.

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A means of escaping.
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A gradual effusion from an enclosure; a leakage.
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(biology) A cultivated plant or a domesticated or confined animal that has become established in the wild.
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(computers) A key used especially to interrupt a command, exit a program, or change levels within a program.
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To get free; get away; get out; break loose, as from a prison.
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To avoid an illness, accident, pain, etc.

Two were injured, but he escaped.

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To flow, drain, or leak away.

Gas escaping from a pipe.

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To slip away; disappear.

The image escaped from her memory.

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To come forth involuntarily or unintentionally.

A scream escaped from her lips.

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(bot.) To grow wild, as a plant from a condition of cultivation.
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To get away from; flee from.

To escape pursuers.

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To manage to keep away from; avoid.

To escape punishment.

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To come from involuntarily or unintentionally.

A scream escaped her lips.

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To slip away from; be missed, unperceived, or forgotten by.

His name escapes me.

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An act or instance or escaping.
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The state of having escaped.
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A means or way of escape.
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An outward flow or leakage.
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A temporary mental release from reality.

Movies are her escape.

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(bot.) A garden plant growing wild.
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Giving temporary mental release from reality.
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(intransitive) To get free, to free oneself.

The prisoners escaped by jumping over a wall.

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To avoid (any unpleasant person or thing); to elude, get away from.

He only got a fine and so escaped going to jail.

The children climbed out of the window to escape the fire.

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(intransitive) To avoid capture; to get away with something, avoid punishment.

Luckily, I escaped with only a fine.

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To elude the observation or notice of; to not be seen or remembered by.

The name of the hotel escapes me at present.

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(computing) To cause (a single character, or all such characters in a string) to be interpreted literally, instead of with any special meaning it would usually have in the same context, often by prefixing with another character.

When using the "bash" shell, you can escape the ampersand character with a backslash.

Brion escaped the double quote character on Windows by adding a second double quote within the literal.

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(computing) To halt a program or command by pressing a key (such as the "Esc" key) or combination of keys.
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The act of leaving a dangerous or unpleasant situation.

The prisoners made their escape by digging a tunnel.

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(computing) Escape key.
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(programming) The text character represented by 27 (decimal) or 1B (hexadecimal).

You forgot to insert an escape in the datastream.

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(snooker) A successful shot from a snooker position.
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(manufacturing) A defective product that is allowed to leave a manufacturing facility.
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Leakage or outflow, as of steam or a liquid, or an electric current through defective insulation.
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The definition of an escape is a breaking away.

An example of escape is a child breaking out of her playpen.

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A means of obtaining temporary freedom from worry, care, or unpleasantness.

Television is my escape from worry.

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Origin of escape

  • Middle English escapen from Old North French escaper from Vulgar Latin excappāre to get out of one's cape, get away Latin ex- ex- Medieval Latin cappa cloak

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

  • From Anglo-Norman and Old Northern French escaper (= Old French eschaper, modern French échapper), from Vulgar Latin *excappāre, from Latin ex- (“out”) + capio (“capture”).

    From Wiktionary