Definition of Escape
1. Noun. The act of escaping physically. "His flight was an indication of his guilt"
Generic synonyms: Running Away
Specialized synonyms: Evasion, Break, Breakout, Gaolbreak, Jailbreak, Prison-breaking, Prisonbreak, Getaway, Lam, Exodus, Hegira, Hejira, Skedaddle
Specialized synonyms: Hegira, Hejira, Underground Railroad, Underground Railway
Derivative terms: Flee
2. Verb. Run away from confinement. "The convicted murderer escaped from a high security prison"
Specialized synonyms: Break, Break Away, Break Out, Escape From, Shake, Shake Off, Throw Off, Bilk, Elude, Evade, Slip, Run Away, Get Away
Generic synonyms: Flee, Fly, Take Flight
Derivative terms: Escapee, Getaway
3. Noun. An inclination to retreat from unpleasant realities through diversion or fantasy. "His alcohol problem was a form of escapism"
4. Verb. Fail to experience. "Fortunately, I missed the hurricane"
5. Noun. Nonperformance of something distasteful (as by deceit or trickery) that you are supposed to do. "That escape from the consequences is possible but unattractive"
Generic synonyms: Carelessness, Neglect, Negligence, Nonperformance
Specialized synonyms: Escape Mechanism, Malingering, Skulking, Goldbricking, Goofing Off, Shirking, Slacking, Soldiering, Circumvention
Derivative terms: Dodge, Evade
6. Verb. Escape potentially unpleasant consequences; get away with a forbidden action. "I couldn't get out from under these responsibilities"
Specialized synonyms: Evade
Generic synonyms: Avoid
7. Noun. An avoidance of danger or difficulty. "That was a narrow escape"
8. Verb. Be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by. "The performance is likely to escape Sue"; "What you are seeing in him eludes me"
Generic synonyms: Amaze, Baffle, Beat, Bewilder, Dumbfound, Flummox, Get, Gravel, Mystify, Nonplus, Perplex, Pose, Puzzle, Stick, Stupefy, Vex
Specialized synonyms: Defy, Refuse, Resist
Derivative terms: Elusive, Elusive
9. Noun. A means or way of escaping. "Their escape route"
10. Verb. Remove oneself from a familiar environment, usually for pleasure or diversion. "The president of the company never manages to get away during the summer"
11. Noun. A plant originally cultivated but now growing wild.
12. Verb. Flee; take to one's heels; cut and run. "The burglars escaped before the police showed up"
Generic synonyms: Go Away, Go Forth, Leave
Specialized synonyms: Flee, Fly, Take Flight, Skedaddle
Derivative terms: Lam, Runaway
13. Noun. The discharge of a fluid from some container. "He had to clean up the leak"
Generic synonyms: Discharge, Outpouring, Run
Derivative terms: Leak, Leak, Leaky, Leak, Leak
14. Verb. Issue or leak, as from a small opening. "Gas escaped into the bedroom"
15. Noun. 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.
Generic synonyms: Regulator, Valve
Definition of Escape
1. v. t. To flee from and avoid; to be saved or exempt from; to shun; to obtain security from; as, to escape danger.
2. v. i. To flee, and become secure from danger; -- often followed by from or out of.
3. n. The act of fleeing from danger, of evading harm, or of avoiding notice; deliverance from injury or any evil; flight; as, an escape in battle; a narrow escape; also, the means of escape; as, a fire escape.
4. n. A plant which has escaped from cultivation.
Definition of Escape
1. Verb. (intransitive) To get free, to free oneself. ¹
2. Verb. (transitive) To avoid (any unpleasant person or thing); to elude, get away from. ¹
3. Verb. (intransitive) To avoid capture; to get away with something, avoid punishment. ¹
4. Verb. (transitive) To elude the observation or notice of; to not be seen or remembered by. ¹
5. Verb. (transitive 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. ¹
6. Verb. (computing) to halt a program or command by pressing a key (such as the "Esc" key) or combination of keys ¹
7. Noun. The act of leaving a dangerous or unpleasant situation. ¹
8. Noun. (computing) A key on most modern computer keyboards, sometimes abbreviated Esc, and typically programmed to cancel some current operation. ¹
9. Noun. (programming) The ASCII character represented by 27 (decimal) or 1B (hexadecimal.) ¹
10. Noun. (context: snooker) A successful shot from a snooker position. ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
Definition of Escape
1. to get away [v -CAPED, -CAPING, -CAPES]
Medical Definition of Escape
1. To flee, and become secure from danger; often followed by from or out of. "Haste, for thy life escape, nor look behind" (Keble)
2. To get clear from danger or evil of any form; to be passed without harm. "Such heretics . . . Would have been thought fortunate, if they escaped with life." (Macaulay)
3. To get free from that which confines or holds; used of persons or things; as, to escape from prison, from arrest, or from slavery; gas escapes from the pipes; electricity escapes from its conductors. "To escape out of these meshes." (Thackeray)
1. The act of fleeing from danger, of evading harm, or of avoiding notice; deliverance from injury or any evil; flight; as, an escape in battle; a narrow escape; also, the means of escape; as, a fire escape. "I would hasten my escape from the windy storm." (Ps. Lv. 8)
2. That which escapes attention or restraint; a mistake; an oversight; also, transgression. "I should have been more accurate, and corrected all those former escapes." (Burton)
3. A sally. "Thousand escapes of wit."
4. The unlawful permission, by a jailer or other custodian, of a prisoner's departure from custody.
Escape is technically distinguishable from prison breach, which is the unlawful departure of the prisoner from custody, escape being the permission of the departure by the custodian, either by connivance or negligence. The term escape, however, is applied by some of the old authorities to a departure from custody by stratagem, or without force.
5. An apophyge.
6. Leakage or outflow, as of steam or a liquid.
Lexicographical Neighbors of Escape
Literary usage of Escape
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass (1855)
"DIFFICULTIES IN THE WAY OF escape EVERY AVENUE GUARDED PLAN TO OBTAIN MONEY ... to withhold a part of the facts connected with my escape from slavery. ..."
2. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas (1901)
"There was in his escape alone—-apart from the future projects which he cherished ... In the first place, his escape would be a sad blow upon M. de Chavigny, ..."
3. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. by Harriet Jacobs (1862)
"THE HAIRBREADTH escape. AFTER we returned to New York, ... He met me in a very friendly manner, congratulated me on my escape from slavery, and hoped I had ..."