from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To avoid deliberately; keep away from. See Synonyms at escape.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To avoid, especially persistently.
- v. To escape (a threatening evil, an unwelcome task etc).
- v. To screen, hide.
- v. To shove, push.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To avoid; to keep clear of; to get out of the way of; to escape from; to eschew.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To detest; abhor; shrink from.
- To go or keep away from; keep out of the neighborhood of; avoid.
- To try to escape from; attempt to elude, generally with success; hence, to evade; escape.
- To refrain from; eschew; neglect; refuse.
- To shove; push. Bailey, 1731; Halliwell.
- To shrink back; fall back; retreat.
- To avoid or evade danger or injury.
- To withhold action or participation; refrain, as from doing something.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. expel from a community or group
- v. avoid and stay away from deliberately; stay clear of
Middle English shunnen, from Old English scunian, to abhor.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English scunian. Cognate with Old Norse skunde/skynde ("to hasten"). (Wiktionary)