English dictionary

escape meaning and definition


Definition of escape (noun)

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. nonperformance of something distasteful (as by deceit or trickery) that you are supposed to do
    • "his evasion of his clear duty was reprehensible"; "that escape from the consequences is possible but unattractive"
    • synonyms: dodging, evasion
  4. an avoidance of danger or difficulty
    • "that was a narrow escape"
  5. a means or way of escaping
    • "hard work was his escape from worry"; "they installed a second hatch as an escape"; "their escape route"
  6. a plant originally cultivated but now growing wild
  7. the discharge of a fluid from some container
    • "they tried to stop the escape of gas from the damaged pipe"; "he had to clean up the leak"
    • synonyms: leak, leakage, outflow
  8. 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)

  1. run away from confinement
  2. fail to experience
    • "Fortunately, I missed the hurricane"
    • synonyms: miss
  3. escape potentially unpleasant consequences; get away with a forbidden action
  4. be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by
    • "What you are seeing in him eludes me"
    • synonyms: elude
  5. 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
  6. flee; take to one's heels; cut and run
  7. issue or leak, as from a small opening
    • "Gas escaped into the bedroom"
Source: Princeton University Wordnet