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  1. [noun] the act of escaping physically; "he made his escape from the mental hospital"; "the canary escaped from its cage"; "his flight was an indication of his guilt"
    Synonyms: flight

  2. [noun] an inclination to retreat from unpleasant realities through diversion or fantasy; "romantic novels were her escape from the stress of daily life"; "his alcohol problem was a form of escapism"
    Synonyms: escapism

  3. [noun] the unwanted discharge of a fluid from some container; "they tried to stop the escape of gas from the damaged pipe"; "he had to clean up the leak"
    Synonyms: leak, leakage, outflow

  4. [noun] a valve in a container in which pressure can build up (as a steam boiler); it opens automatically when the pressure reaches a dangerous level
    Synonyms: safety valve, relief valve, valve, cock

  5. [noun] nonperformance of something distasteful (as by deceit or trickery) that you are supposed to do; "his evasion of his clear duty was reprehensible"; "that escape from the consequences is possible but unattractive"
    Synonyms: evasion, dodging

  6. [noun] an avoidance of danger or difficulty; "that was a narrow escape"

  7. [noun] a means or way of escaping; "hard work was his escape from worry"; "they installed a second hatch as an escape"; "their escape route"

  8. [noun] a plant originally cultivated but now growing wild

  9. [verb] run away from confinement; "The convicted murderer escaped from a high security prison"
    Synonyms: get away, break loose

  10. [verb] fail to experience; "Fortunately, I missed the hurricane"
    Synonyms: miss

  11. [verb] escape potentially unpleasant consequences; get away with a forbidden action; "She gets away with murder!"; "I couldn't get out from under these responsibilities"
    Synonyms: get off, get away, get by, get out

  12. [verb] be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by; "What you are seeing in him eludes me"
    Synonyms: elude

  13. [verb] issue or leak, as from a small opening; "Gas escaped into the bedroom"

  14. [verb] remove oneself from a familiar environment, usually for pleasure or diversion; "We escaped to our summer house for a few days"; "The president of the company never manages to get away during the summer"
    Synonyms: get away

  15. [verb] flee; take to one's heels; cut and run; "If you see this man, run!"; "The burglars escaped before the police showed up"
    Synonyms: run, scarper, turn tail, lam, run away, hightail it, bunk, head for the hills, take to the woods, fly the coop, break away


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