• WordNet 3.6
    • v avoid stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something "Her former friends now avoid her"
    • v avoid refrain from certain foods or beverages "I keep off drugs","During Ramadan, Muslims avoid tobacco during the day"
    • v avoid prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening "Let's avoid a confrontation","head off a confrontation","avert a strike"
    • v avoid refrain from doing something "She refrains from calling her therapist too often","He should avoid publishing his wife's memories"
    • v avoid declare invalid "The contract was annulled","void a plea"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least 6 feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush
    • Avoid (Law) To become void or vacant.
    • Avoid (Pleading) To defeat or evade; to invalidate. Thus, in a replication, the plaintiff may deny the defendant's plea, or confess it, and avoid it by stating new matter. "No man can pray from his heart to be kept from temptation, if the take no care of himself to avoid it.""So Chanticleer, who never saw a fox,
      Yet shunned him as a sailor shuns the rocks."
    • Avoid To emit or throw out; to void; as, to avoid excretions.
    • Avoid To empty.
    • Avoid To get rid of.
    • Avoid To keep away from; to keep clear of; to endeavor no to meet; to shun; to abstain from; as, to avoid the company of gamesters. "What need a man forestall his date of grief.
      And run to meet what he would most avoid ?"
      "He carefully avoided every act which could goad them into open hostility."
    • Avoid To make void; to annul or vacate; to refute. "How can these grants of the king's be avoided ?"
    • Avoid To quit or evacuate; to withdraw from. "Six of us only stayed, and the rest avoided the room."
    • Avoid To retire; to withdraw. "David avoided out of his presence."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Americans spent over $360 million in 1982 to avoid having bad breath.
    • avoid To make void; annul; make of no effect: chiefly used in legal phraseology: as, this grant cannot be avoided without injustice to the grantee.
    • avoid To empty.
    • avoid To eject; throw out; drive out.
    • avoid To quit; evacuate; depart from.
    • avoid To shun; keep away from; eschew: as, to avoid expense, danger, or bad company.
    • avoid To get rid of; get out or clear of.
    • avoid Synonyms To escape, elude, evade, keep clear of.
    • avoid To become void, vacant, or empty.
    • avoid To retire; withdraw.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Ribbon worm will start eating itself to avoid starvation
    • v.t Avoid a-void′ to try to escape from: to shun: :
    • v.t Avoid a-void′ (law) to invalidate
    • v.t Avoid a-void′ (Shak.) to leave, to quit
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  • Alexander Hamilton
    “We must make the best of those ills which cannot be avoided.”
  • Norman Vincent Peale
    “Part of the happiness of life consists not in fighting battles, but in avoiding them. A masterly retreat is in itself a victory.”
  • H. L. Mencken
    “It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid pregnancy by a resort to mathematics, though she is still forbidden to resort to physics and chemistry.”
  • Gerald Brenan
    Gerald Brenan
    “Everyone is a bore to someone. That is unimportant. The things to avoid is being a bore to oneself.”
  • Saul Steinberg
    Saul Steinberg
    “The life of the creative man is lead, directed and controlled by boredom. Avoiding boredom is one of our most important purposes.”
  • William Blake
    “Always be ready to speak your mind, and a base man will avoid you.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. esvuidier, es,L. ex,) + vuidier, voidier, to empty. See Void (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Pfx. a- = Fr. es = L. ex, out, and Void.


In literature:

Its use avoids the wastefulness of the trial-and-error method.
"Sound Military Decision" by U.s. Naval War College
According to my own experience, we must be careful to avoid taking an exaggerated view of such a connexion.
"The Sexual Life of the Child" by Albert Moll
The treatment consists in massage and movement, care being taken to avoid the movement which produced the sprain.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
Avoid puncturing the meat with a fork while cooking.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
They avoided, and were still able to avoid, any enquiry into their respective rights and the boundaries of those rights.
"A History of England Principally in the Seventeenth Century, Volume I (of 6)" by Leopold von Ranke
How can we avoid the malassociation which tends to neutralise it?
"The Practice of Autosuggestion" by C. Harry Brooks
A man to smile at, but to avoid.
"The Night Riders" by Ridgwell Cullum
He would have preferred to have avoided it, but that was quite impossible.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
Low rates of discharge should, in fact, be avoided more than the high rates.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
In the case of advanced pregnancy he should place himself behind, so as to avoid injuring the unborn child.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel

In poetry:

Your eyes were made for laughter:
Sorrow befits them not;
Would you be blithe hereafter,
Avoid the lover's lot.
"Don't" by James Jeffrey Roche
A little remains dangling
in the mouths of rivers,
just a little, and the fish
don't avoid it, which is very unusual.
"Residue" by Carlos Drummond de Andrade
That goes against His intentions!
To avoid deviations,
God will entrust the production
Into Pain's hands, a deaf titan.
"Theater" by Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev
Let us avoid all foul excess,
All rioting and wantonness,
And to the church together go;
As ev'ry Christian ought to do.
"A Hymn, Or Carol, For Christmas-Day" by Rees Prichard
"I have been taught to love the good -
The pure - the unalloyed -
And wicked boys, I've understood,
I always should avoid.
"The Two Ogres" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Now he dreads the Tiber's touch,
And avoids the wrestling-rings,--
He who formerly was such
An expert with quoits and things.
"To Lydia" by Eugene Field

In news:

Though this something most of us avoid thinking about, this no pressure/free workshop will help not only facilitate an individual's wishes, but also remove much of the burden many family members face after the passing of a loved one.
Regular captain Mahela Jayawardene handed over to former skipper Kumar Sangakkara to avoid the threat of a ban because of slow over rates.
Hit by a bus after avoiding driver's car door .
I try to avoid candy products like the plague, but I have a BIG TIME weakness for Candy Corn around this time of year.
Artes Mundi, the Wales International Exhibition and Prize, this year curiously opened its show on Oct 6, after the Turner Prize's and before Frieze, a scheduling strategy that makes comparisons to the Turner difficult to avoid.
Can carefree 'Surf' avoid splashdown at Planet Hollywood.
Balancing objectives, outcomes and risks can avoid decision stalemates.
In order to avoid Line of Sight issues with the wireless system as buildings are being built, the Armed Response Team constantly monitors the site to make sure each sensor is functioning.
Avoiding Classic Cracks by William Lotz We recently saw a condo project in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, where the foundations were poured with no reinforcement on uncompacted fill.
Here's how to avoid gluten and casein when traveling.
Expert encourages milking income opportunities, staying healthy, avoiding debt.
Eight-year-old Texan Zach Schwartz suits up for a crawl through a sensor-equipped simulated cave , in which he will be scored for avoiding contact with delicate cave features and refraining from touching a simulated bat.
CEOs urge action to avoid 'fiscal cliff.
(CBS/AP) Nearly two million Americans have celiac disease and should avoid eating gluten, a new study finds.
After avoiding a sack in Week 2 and 3, Rodgers' times sacked have increased each game over the last three contests.

In science:

In this paper we do not include a self-avoiding interaction.
Solvable model of a polymer in random media with long ranged disorder correlations
To this end we performed simulations where all the N random walkers start on a site randomly selected within the shaded area of Fig. 1 in order to avoid the finite size effects.
I. Territory covered by N random walkers on deterministic fractals. The Sierpinski gasket
It is well-known that technological quantum devices often require extremely low temperatures to avoid decoherence through environmental interaction.
Quantum Computation in Brain Microtubules? Decoherence and Biological Feasibility
So below, I diveded the calculation into three cases only to avoid having the computer divide by zero.
On the Complete Solution to the Most General Fifth Degree Polynomial
Tasaki , with a perturbative method using a ”time ordering rule” by which an small imaginary part is included to avoid small denominators, with a different sign according to the type of transition involved.
Perturbative method for generalized spectral decompositions