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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR AVOIDED

If it may be avoided, I will not see the whole of your youth consumed in anxious watchings.

I avoided the house of Mr Clayton, and absented myself from his chapel.

The truth could not be concealed, nor the contemplation of it avoided.

They are not necessary; they might be avoided; at their worst they could be tempered.

Then the danger of getting too much coloring will be avoided.

So, he avoided her eyes as she stood by the window regarding him quizzically.

Certainly, as if treading on dangerous ground, Sidney avoided it.

Perhaps Ned wasn't in the building; perhaps—he may have avoided me.

If you think my sorrow could have been avoided, offer the Bacillus as a wedding gift to—.

If she avoided looking in the direction of her reposing husband it was not because she was afraid of him.

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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