avoid

  • 1 avoid — vt [modification of Old French esvuider to destroy, literally, to empty, from es out + vuider to empty] 1: to make void or undo: annul the trustee may avoid any transfer of interest of the debtor in property U.S. Code 2: to respond to (an… …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 Avoid — A*void , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Avoided}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Avoiding}.] [OF. esvuidier, es (L. ex) + vuidier, voidier, to empty. See {Void}, a.] 1. To empty. [Obs.] Wyclif. [1913 Webster] 2. To emit or throw out; to void; as, to avoid excretions.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 avoid — a‧void [əˈvɔɪd] verb [transitive] TAX LAW if you avoid tax, you manage to not pay it legally, for example by the way that you enter profits or losses into your accounts: • Investing in this way allows savers to avoid tax upon withdrawal. compare… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 4 avoid — avoid; avoid·a·ble; un·avoid·abil·i·ty; avoid·ant; avoid·ance; avoid·a·bly; un·avoid·able·ness; …

    English syllables

  • 5 avoid — [ə void′] vt. [ME avoiden < Anglo Fr avoider < OFr esvuidier, to empty < es (< L ex ), out + vuidier: see VOID] 1. to make void; annul, invalidate, or quash (a plea, etc. in law) 2. to keep away from; evade; shun [to avoid crowds] 3.… …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 avoid — avoid, avert, evade Avoid and evade overlap in meaning, but evade has a stronger sense of guile or trickery in escaping from an obligation (such as paying income tax). Avert means ‘to turn aside’ (which is its literal meaning in averting one s… …

    Modern English usage

  • 7 Avoid — A*void , v. i. 1. To retire; to withdraw. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] David avoided out of his presence. 1 Sam. xviii. 11. [1913 Webster] 2. (Law) To become void or vacant. [Obs.] Ayliffe. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 8 avoid — (v.) c.1300, from Anglo Fr. avoider to clear out, withdraw (oneself), partially anglicized from O.Fr. esvuidier to empty out, from es out (see EX (Cf. ex )) + vuidier to be empty, from voide empty, vast, wide, hollow, waste (see VOID (Cf …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 9 avoid — *escape, shun, eschew, evade, elude Analogous words: avert, ward, *prevent, obviate: forestall, anticipate (see PREVENT): flee, fly (see ESCAPE) Antonyms: face: meet Contrasted words: *incur, contract, catch: court, solicit, * …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 10 avoid — [v] refrain or stay away from; prevent abstain, avert, bypass, circumlocute, circumvent, deflect, desist, ditch, divert, dodge, duck, elude, escape, eschew, evade, fake out*, fend off, flee, give the slip*, hide, hold off, jump, keep clear, lay… …

    New thesaurus

  • 11 avoid — ► VERB 1) keep away or refrain from. 2) prevent from doing or happening. DERIVATIVES avoidable adjective avoidably adverb avoidance noun. ORIGIN Old French evuider clear out, get rid of …

    English terms dictionary

  • 12 avoid */*/*/ — UK [əˈvɔɪd] / US verb [transitive] Word forms avoid : present tense I/you/we/they avoid he/she/it avoids present participle avoiding past tense avoided past participle avoided Get it right: avoid: Avoid is never used with an infinitive. It is… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 avoid — a|void [ ə vɔıd ] verb transitive *** 1. ) to try not to go near someone or something: We went early to avoid the crowds. Avoid that area after dark. avoid doing something: He had to brake hard to avoid hitting the deer. a ) to make certain that… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 avoid — verb 1 prevent sth; choose not to do sth ADVERB ▪ altogether ▪ It is sometimes impossible to avoid conflict altogether. ▪ actively, assiduously, carefully, consciously, deliberately …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 15 avoid — [[t]əvɔ͟ɪd[/t]] ♦♦ avoids, avoiding, avoided 1) VERB If you avoid something unpleasant that might happen, you take action in order to prevent it from happening. [V n] The pilots had to take emergency action to avoid a disaster... [V ing] Women… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 avoid — a|void W1S2 [əˈvɔıd] v [T] [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: esvuidier, from vuidier to empty ] 1.) to prevent something bad from happening ▪ Road safety is taught to young children to avoid road accidents. ▪ It is important to take… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 avoid — verb (T) 1 to do something to prevent something bad from happening: The other car swerved, trying to avoid a collision. | avoid doing sth: This leaflet tells you how to avoid getting ill while travelling. 2 to deliberately stay away from someone… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 avoid — 01. I think she s really mad at me; she keeps [avoiding] me. 02. The driver of the car had to swerve suddenly to [avoid] hitting a young child who ran into the street after a ball. 03. You can t [avoid] doing your homework, so you might as well… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 19 avoid — avoidable, adj. avoidably, adv. avoider, n. /euh voyd /, v.t. 1. to keep away from; keep clear of; shun: to avoid a person; to avoid taxes; to avoid danger. 2. to prevent from happening: to avoid falling. 3. Law. to make void or of no effect;… …

    Universalium

  • 20 avoid — /ə vɔɪd/ verb to try not to do something ● My aim is to avoid paying too much tax. ● We want to avoid direct competition with Smith Ltd. ● The company is struggling to avoid bankruptcy. (NOTE: You avoid something or avoid doing something.) …

    Dictionary of banking and finance