avoid

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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR AVOID

He could not avoid contrasting this behaviour with his past preaching.

"In truth, my father, I wished to avoid the pain of parting," rejoined Philæmon.

He resolved to be as prudent as possible, and avoid, as far as he could, any altercation with Haley.

Avoid me—place yourself in the condition of my opponent, and beware.

I shall at least avoid, by that means, the unsisterly insults I meet with from you.

To avoid that, if there were no other way, I would most willingly be buried alive.

Therefore, if only to avoid his worst foes, his admirers, a man should avoid system.

The English o't being that a man of sense should ever avoid a great talker.

In order to avoid despising or displeasing our parents, what should we not do?

As soon as I can get her alone, I will discover the real truth; but she seems to wish to avoid me.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, from Anglo-French avoider "to clear out, withdraw (oneself)," partially anglicized from Old French esvuidier "to empty out," from es- "out" (see ex-) + vuidier "to be empty," from voide "empty, vast, wide, hollow, waste" (see void (adj.)). Originally a law term; modern sense of "have nothing to do with" also was in Middle English and corresponds to Old French eviter with which it was perhaps confused. Meaning "escape, evade" first attested 1520s. Related: Avoided; avoiding.

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