to keep away from; keep clear of; shun:
to avoid a person; to avoid taxes; to avoid danger.
to prevent from happening:
to avoid falling.
Law. to make void or of no effect; invalidate.
Obsolete. to empty; eject or expel.
On Friday, Young avoided being sent to jail on contempt of court charges.
Edwards Sex Tape Details Diane Dimond March 14, 2010
I became paranoid and avoided her neighborhood, dreading the idea of running into her.
Model Diaries: Escape From Istanbul Anonymous March 7, 2014
Meanwhile, the runaway weirdness that Feldman rightly points out is avoided.
An Often-Overlooked Clause in the Constitution Points the Way to Same-Sex Marriage Jay Michaelson April 1, 2013
He also avoided repeating the horrors of another P-for-Personality Pick: Palin in 2008.
In Picking Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney Goes for Right-Wing Intensity, Reform, and Ideas Michael Medved August 12, 2012
If there are certain foods that take you out of that balance, then they need to be avoided at all costs.
3 Ways to Track Your Food and Feel Healthy Ari Meisel January 27, 2014
He shunned society; avoided all unnecessary movement or excitement.
The Pilgrims Of The Rhine Edward Bulwer-Lytton
I avoided the house of Mr Clayton, and absented myself from his chapel.
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, No. 327 Various
No couplings are used, so that one great element of danger, is avoided.
My Native Land James Cox
So, he avoided her eyes as she stood by the window regarding him quizzically.
Within the Law Marvin Dana
Formulas made from rich top-milk or milk and cream are to be avoided.
The Care and Feeding of Children L. Emmett Holt
to keep out of the way of
to refrain from doing
to prevent from happening: to avoid damage to machinery
(law) to make (a plea, contract, etc) void; invalidate; quash
(obsolete) to expel
(obsolete) to depart from
c.1300, from Anglo-French avoider “to clear out, withdraw (oneself),” partially anglicized from Old French esvuidier “to empty out,” from es- “out” (see ex-) + vuidier “to be empty,” from voide “empty, vast, wide, hollow, waste” (see void (adj.)). Originally a law term; modern sense of “have nothing to do with” also was in Middle English and corresponds to Old French eviter with which it was perhaps confused. Meaning “escape, evade” first attested 1520s. Related: Avoided; avoiding.
- Avoidant personality
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to keep away from; keep clear of; shun: to avoid a person; to avoid taxes; to avoid danger. to prevent from happening: to avoid falling. Law. to make void or of no effect; invalidate. Obsolete. to empty; eject or expel. verb (transitive) to keep out of the way of to refrain from doing to prevent […]
avoirdupois weight. Historical Examples And they set no price by no avoir ne riches, but only of a precious stone, that is amongst them, that is of sixty colours. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville John Mandeville But their sole occupation is that conducted under the three great verbs, Prendre; avoir; Quitter. A History of […]
- Avoirdupois weight
a system of weight measurement based on a pound of 16 ounces or 7,000 grains, in wide use in English-speaking countries; the system is used for goods other than gems, precious metals, and drugs: 27 11/32 grains = 1 dram; 16 drams = 1 ounce; 16 ounces = 1 pound; 112 pounds (Brit.) or 100 […]