Definition of escape (noun)
- the act of escaping physically
- "he made his escape from the mental hospital"; "the canary escaped from its cage"; "his flight was an indication of his guilt"
- synonyms: flight
- an inclination to retreat from unpleasant realities through diversion or fantasy
- "romantic novels were her escape from the stress of daily life"; "his alcohol problem was a form of escapism"
- synonyms: escapism
- nonperformance of something distasteful (as by deceit or trickery) that you are supposed to do
- an avoidance of danger or difficulty
- "that was a narrow escape"
- a means or way of escaping
- "hard work was his escape from worry"; "they installed a second hatch as an escape"; "their escape route"
- a plant originally cultivated but now growing wild
- the discharge of a fluid from some container
- a valve in a container in which pressure can build up (as a steam boiler); it opens automatically when the pressure reaches a dangerous level
Definition of escape (verb)
- run away from confinement
- fail to experience
- "Fortunately, I missed the hurricane"
- synonyms: miss
- escape potentially unpleasant consequences; get away with a forbidden action
- be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by
- "What you are seeing in him eludes me"
- synonyms: elude
- remove oneself from a familiar environment, usually for pleasure or diversion
- "We escaped to our summer house for a few days"; "The president of the company never manages to get away during the summer"
- synonyms: get away
- flee; take to one's heels; cut and run
- issue or leak, as from a small opening
- "Gas escaped into the bedroom"
Source: Princeton University Wordnet