from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To run away, as from trouble or danger: fled from the house into the night.
- intransitive v. To pass swiftly away; vanish: "of time fleeing beneath him” ( William Faulkner).
- transitive v. To run away from: flee the scene of an accident.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To run away; to escape.
- v. To escape from.
- v. To disappear quickly; to vanish.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To run away, as from danger or evil; to avoid in an alarmed or cowardly manner; to hasten off; -- usually with from. This is sometimes omitted, making the verb transitive.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To run away; take flight; seek escape or safety by flight.
- To disappear; disperse: as, all our pleasures have fled; the color fled from her cheeks; the clouds flee before the rising sun.
- To move swiftly; fly; speed, as a missile.
- To avoid by flight; fly from; shun.
- n. An obsolete or dialectal form of fly.
- An obsolete form of fly.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. run away quickly
Middle English flen, from Old English flēon; see pleu- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English flēon, from Proto-Germanic *fleuhanan. (Wiktionary)