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.
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.
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 […]
avoirdupois weight. Informal. bodily weight: He carries around a lot of excess avoirdupois. Contemporary Examples Its owner seems to take as much pride in her bones as the big girls of Rubens could take in their avoirdupois. Skin, Bones and Beauty Blake Gopnik August 14, 2012 Historical Examples She had so far successfully fought down […]
a river in central England, flowing SE past Stratford-on-Avon to the Severn. 96 miles (155 km) long. a river in S England, flowing W to the mouth of the Severn. About 75 miles (120 km) long. a river in S England, flowing S to the English Channel. About 60 miles (100 km) long. a county […]