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avoid

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It is vanity to desire a long life and to take no heed of a good life.
Thomas γ Kempis
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English

Etymology

From Anglo-Norman avoider, from Old French esvuider (es- + vuider).

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to avoid

Third person singular
avoids

Simple past
avoided

Past participle
-

Present participle
avoiding

to avoid (third-person singular simple present avoids, present participle avoiding, simple past and past participle avoided)
  1. (transitive) To keep away from; to keep clear of; to endeavor not to meet; to shun; to abstain from; as, to avoid the company of gamesters.
  2. (transitive) (obsolete) To empty.
  3. (transitive) (obsolete) To emit or throw out; to void; as, to avoid excretions.
  4. (transitive) (obsolete) To quit or evacuate; to withdraw from.
  5. (transitive) (obsolete) To make void; to annul or vacate; to refute (esp. a contract).
  6. (transitive) (obsolete) To get rid of.
  7. (transitive) (obsolete) 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.
  8. (intransitive) (obsolete) To retire; to withdraw.
  9. (intransitive) (obsolete) To become void or vacant.

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