from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To avoid using, accepting, engaging in, or partaking of.
  • transitive verb To refuse to accept socially; avoid having social contact with.
  • transitive verb To stay away from; not go to.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To avoid; to keep clear of; to get out of the way of; to escape from; to eschew.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To avoid, especially persistently.
  • verb transitive To escape (a threatening evil, an unwelcome task etc).
  • verb transitive To screen, hide.
  • verb transitive To shove, push.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb expel from a community or group
  • verb avoid and stay away from deliberately; stay clear of


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English shunnen, from Old English scunian, to abhor.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old English scunian. Cognate with Old Norse skunde/skynde ("to hasten").


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