escape

escape
1 /I'skeIp/ verb
1 PERSON/PLACE (I, T) to get away from a place when someone is trying to catch you or stop you leaving: Anyone trying to escape will be shot!
(+ from/through/over etc): Two men have escaped from Durham jail. | escape sb's clutches (=escape from them): They managed to escape the clutches of the Nazis and flee to Switzerland.
2 DANGER (I, T) to get away from a dangerous situation that is likely to harm you if you do not leave: Only four people managed to escape before the roof collapsed.
(escape from/through/into etc): The dog escaped through the back window of the bus. (escape sth): refugees escaping war and famine
3 GAS/LIQUID ETC (I) if gas, liquid, light, heat etc escapes from somewhere, it comes out when you do not want it to: Screw the top back firmly to prevent any fumes escaping.
4 AVOID (I, T) to succeed in avoiding being involved in a unpleasant, difficult, or dangerous situation: The back seat passengers escaped death by inches.
5 SOUND (I, T) if a sound escapes from someone's mouth, they accidentally make that sound
6 escape sb's attention/notice if something escapes your attention or notice, you do not see it or realize that it is there
7 the name/date/title escapes me spoken used when you cannot remember something: I've met him before, but his name escapes me.
8 there's no escaping (the fact) used to emphasize that something is definitely important or will definitely happen: There's no escaping the fact that she did actually lie to you.
— escaped adjective (only before noun): escaped prisoners 2 noun
1 (C, U) the act of getting away from a place where you do not want to be, or from an unpleasant or dangerous situation: They had been planning their escape for months.
(+ from): the story of Papillon's daring escape from Devil's Island | make your escape: The party was boring - we couldn't wait to make our escape. | a lucky escape (=a situation in which you were lucky to have avoided something unpleasant)
2 (singular, uncountable) a way of getting away from an unpleasant situation, especially by doing something else to avoid thinking about it: Teenagers turn to drugs as a form of escape.
3 an escape of gas/liquid etc an amount of gas, liquid etc that comes out of the place where it is being kept as a result of an accident: escapes of radiation from the generating plant
—see also: fire escape

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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