from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To stay clear of; shun. See Synonyms at escape.
- transitive v. To keep from happening: avoid illness with rest and a balanced diet.
- transitive v. Law To annul or make void; invalidate.
- transitive v. Obsolete To void or expel.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To keep away from; to keep clear of; to endeavor not to meet; to shun; to abstain from; as, to avoid the company of gamesters.
- v. To make empty; to clear.
- v. To make void, to annul; to refute (especially a contract).
- v. To defeat or evade; to invalidate. Thus, in a replication, the plaintiff may deny the defendant's plea, or confess it, and avoid it by stating new matter.
- v. To emit or throw out; to void; as, to avoid excretions.
- v. To leave, evacuate; to leave as empty, to withdraw or come away from.
- v. (obsolete) To get rid of.
- v. To retire; to withdraw, depart, go away.
- v. (obsolete) To become void or vacant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To empty.
- transitive v. To emit or throw out; to void.
- transitive v. To quit or evacuate; to withdraw from.
- transitive v. To make void; to annul or vacate; to refute.
- transitive v. To keep away from; to keep clear of; to endeavor no to meet; to shun; to abstain from.
- transitive v. To get rid of.
- transitive v. To defeat or evade; to invalidate. Thus, in a replication, the plaintiff may deny the defendant's plea, or confess it, and avoid it by stating new matter.
- intransitive v. To retire; to withdraw.
- intransitive v. To become void or vacant.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make void; annul; make of no effect: chiefly used in legal phraseology: as, this grant cannot be avoided without injustice to the grantee.
- To empty.
- To eject; throw out; drive out.
- To quit; evacuate; depart from.
- To shun; keep away from; eschew: as, to avoid expense, danger, or bad company.
- To get rid of; get out or clear of.
- Synonyms To escape, elude, evade, keep clear of.
- To become void, vacant, or empty.
- To retire; withdraw.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening
- v. stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something
- v. refrain from certain foods or beverages
- v. declare invalid
- v. refrain from doing something
Middle English avoiden, from Anglo-Norman avoider, to empty out, variant of Old French esvuidier : es-, out (from Latin ex-; see ex-) + vuidier, to empty (from voide, empty; see void).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English avoiden, from Anglo-Norman avoider, Old French esvuidier ("to empty out"), from es- + vuidier, from Latin viduare ("to empty"), from viduus ("empty"); see void. (Wiktionary)