American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To stay clear of; shun. See Synonyms at escape.
- v. To keep from happening: avoid illness with rest and a balanced diet.
- v. Law To annul or make void; invalidate.
- v. Obsolete To void or expel.
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.
- v. transitive 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. transitive, obsolete To make empty; to clear.
- v. transitive To make void, to annul; to refute (especially a contract).
- v. transitive, law 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. transitive, obsolete To emit or throw out; to void; as, to avoid excretions.
- v. transitive, obsolete To leave, evacuate; to leave as empty, to withdraw or come away from.
- v. transitive (obsolete) To get rid of.
- v. intransitive, obsolete To retire; to withdraw, depart, go away.
- v. intransitive (obsolete) To become void or vacant.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To empty.
- v. obsolete To emit or throw out; to void.
- v. obsolete To quit or evacuate; to withdraw from.
- v. To make void; to annul or vacate; to refute.
- v. To keep away from; to keep clear of; to endeavor no to meet; to shun; to abstain from.
- v. obsolete To get rid of.
- v. (Pleading) To defeat or evade; to invalidate. Thus, in a replication, the plaintiff may deny the defendant's plea, or confess it, and
avoidit by stating new matter.
- v. obsolete To retire; to withdraw.
- v. (Law), obsolete To become void or vacant.
- 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
- 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)
- 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)
“The one thing we want to avoid is having a single position negatively impact the entire portfolio," he said.”
“The real trap to avoid is the one where he listens to rightwing goons and their fairytales.”
“One of the types I try to avoid is the "married but playful" kind: the ones that are stepping out on their spouses to indulge their preferences on the down-low.”
“If you are the press secretary to the President of the United States, the main thing to avoid is becoming the story yourself.”
“The more obvious explanation that Orin clearly wants to avoid is that now that we have President Obama, the government no longer violates the Fourth Amendment.”
“Right, but want you want to avoid is having one bank (Citi, BoA) that is so big that when if it has a crisis all by itself, it takes down every other otherwise healthy bank with it.”
“I think avoid is materially different from limit or mitigate.”
“So at this stage of the game, the way to avoid is just to construe preventive services, so that pregnancy isn't a disease and so forth.”
“Pissarides believes Osborne should be wary of creating a spiral of uncertainty, confusion and higher interest rates, forcing the government to borrow more to service its debt: "The main thing to avoid is getting into a Greek-style situation in which financial institutions lose confidence in the public finances and start requiring higher interest rates for loans to the government.”
“What they try to avoid is what I find most offensive with the efforts above — the parents and organizations in these cases are trying to prevent access by anyone in the school.”
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