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Dictionary definition for: Avoid

1. (v) stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something; "Her former friends now avoid her"

2. (v) prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening; "Let''s avoid a confrontation" "head off a confrontation" "avert a strike"

3. (v) refrain from doing something; "She refrains from calling her therapist too often" "He should avoid publishing his wife''s memoires"

4. (v) refrain from certain foods or beverages; "I keep off drugs" "During Ramadan, Muslims avoid tobacco during the day"

5. (v) declare invalid; "The contract was annulled" "void a plea"

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