verb (used without object), escaped, escaping.
to slip or get away, as from confinement or restraint; gain or regain liberty:
to escape from jail.
Synonyms: flee, abscond, decamp.
to slip away from pursuit or peril; avoid capture, punishment, or any threatened evil.
to issue from a confining enclosure, as a fluid.
to slip away; fade:
The words escaped from memory.
Botany. (of an originally cultivated plant) to grow wild.
(of a rocket, molecule, etc.) to achieve .
verb (used with object), escaped, escaping.
to slip away from or elude (pursuers, captors, etc.):
He escaped the police.
Synonyms: dodge, flee, avoid.
to succeed in avoiding (any threatened or possible danger or evil):
She escaped capture.
to elude (one’s memory, notice, search, etc.).
to fail to be noticed or recollected by (a person):
Her reply escapes me.
(of a sound or utterance) to slip from or be expressed by (a person, one’s lips, etc.) inadvertently.
an act or instance of escaping.
the fact of having escaped.
a means of escaping:
We used the tunnel as an escape.
avoidance of reality:
She reads mystery stories as an escape.
leakage, as of water or gas, from a pipe or storage container.
Botany. a plant that originated in cultivated stock and is now growing wild.
Physics, Rocketry. the act of achieving .
(usually initial capital letter) Computers. .
for or providing an escape:
an escape route.
to get away or break free from (confinements, captors, etc): the lion escaped from the zoo
to manage to avoid (imminent danger, punishment, evil, etc): to escape death
(intransitive) usually foll by from. (of gases, liquids, etc) to issue gradually, as from a crack or fissure; seep; leak: water was escaping from the dam
(transitive) to elude; be forgotten by: the actual figure escapes me
(transitive) to be articulated inadvertently or involuntarily: a roar escaped his lips
(intransitive) (of cultivated plants) to grow wild
the act of escaping or state of having escaped
avoidance of injury, harm, etc: a narrow escape
a means of distraction or relief, esp from reality or boredom: angling provides an escape for many city dwellers
a gradual outflow; leakage; seepage
Also called escape valve, escape cock. a valve that releases air, steam, etc, above a certain pressure; relief valve or safety valve
a plant that was originally cultivated but is now growing wild
c.1300, from Old North French escaper, Old French eschaper (12c., Modern French échapper), from Vulgar Latin *excappare, literally “get out of one’s cape, leave a pursuer with just one’s cape,” from Latin ex- “out of” (see ex-) + Late Latin cappa “mantle” (see cap (n.)). Related: Escaped; escaping.
c.1400, from escape (v.); earlier eschap (c.1300). Mental/emotional sense is from 1853. Escape clause in the legal sense first recorded 1945.
escape es·cape (ĭ-skāp’)
In addition to the idiom beginning with escape
[ih-skey-pee, es-key-] /ɪ skeɪˈpi, ˌɛs keɪ-/ noun 1. a person who , especially from a prison or other place of detention. /ɪˌskeɪˈpiː/ noun 1. a person who has escaped, esp an escaped prisoner n. 1865, American English, from escape (v.) + -ee.
noun 1. a hatch used for emergency escape, as from a submarine or aircraft. 2. a means of avoiding a troublesome situation; a ready or handy way out. noun 1. a means of escape in an emergency, esp from a submarine
noun, Psychology. 1. a means of avoiding an unpleasant life situation, as daydreaming. noun 1. (psychol) any emotional or mental mechanism that enables a person to avoid acknowledging unpleasant or threatening realities See also escapism
[ih-skeyp-muh nt] /ɪˈskeɪp mənt/ noun 1. Horology. the portion of a watch or clock that measures beats and controls the speed of the going train. Compare , (def 1), . 2. a mechanism for regulating the motion of a typewriter carriage, consisting of pawls and a toothed wheel or rack. 3. a mechanism in a […]