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Dictionary definition for: Escape

1. (n) the act of escaping physically; "he made his escape from the mental hospital" "the canary escaped from its cage" "his flight was an indication of his guilt"

2. (v) run away from confinement; "The convicted murderer escaped from a high security prison"

3. (n) an inclination to retreat from unpleasant realities through diversion or fantasy; "romantic novels were her escape from the stress of daily life" "his alcohol problem was a form of escapism"

4. (v) fail to experience; "Fortunately, I missed the hurricane"

5. (n) the unwanted discharge of a fluid from some container; "they tried to stop the escape of gas from the damaged pipe" "he had to clean up the leak"

6. (v) escape potentially unpleasant consequences; get away with a forbidden action; "She gets away with murder!" "I couldn''t get out from under these responsibilities"

7. (n) a valve in a container in which pressure can build up (as a steam boiler) it opens automatically when the pressure reaches a dangerous level

8. (v) be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by; "What you are seeing in him eludes me"

9. (n) nonperformance of something distasteful (as by deceit or trickery) that you are supposed to do; "his evasion of his clear duty was reprehensible" "that escape from the consequences is possible but unattractive"

10. (v) issue or leak, as from a small opening; "Gas escaped into the bedroom"

11. (n) an avoidance of danger or difficulty; "that was a narrow escape"

12. (v) remove oneself from a familiar environment, usually for pleasure or diversion; "We escaped to our summer house for a few days" "The president of the company never manages to get away during the summer"

13. (n) a means or way of escaping; "hard work was his escape from worry" "they installed a second hatch as an escape" "their escape route"

14. (v) flee; take to one''s heels; cut and run; "If you see this man, run!" "The burglars escaped before the police showed up"

15. (n) a plant originally cultivated but now growing wild

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