Definition and Meanings for escape

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Escape is ranked 4,175 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of escape

transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, verb, intransitive verb, noun

Etymology of escape

oe. escapen, eschapen, of. escaper, eschaper, f. echapper, fr. ll. ex cappa out of one's cape or cloak; hence, to slip out of one's cape and escape. see 3d cape, and cf. scape, v.pos

Meaning of escape


as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, verb

  • to flee from and avoid; to be saved or exempt from; to shun; to obtain security from; as, to escape danger.
  • to avoid the notice of; to pass unobserved by; to evade; as, the fact escaped our attention.

as intransitive verb

  • to flee, and become secure from danger; -- often followed by from or out of.
  • to get clear from danger or evil of any form; to be passed without harm.
  • to get free from that which confines or holds; -- used of persons or things; as, to escape from prison, from arrest, or from slavery; gas escapes from the pipes; electricity escapes from its conductors.

as noun

  • the act of fleeing from danger, of evading harm, or of avoiding notice; deliverance from injury or any evil; flight; as, an escape in battle; a narrow escape; also, the means of escape; as, a fire escape.
  • that which escapes attention or restraint; a mistake; an oversight; also, transgression.
  • a sally.
  • the unlawful permission, by a jailer or other custodian, of a prisoner's departure from custody.
  • a plant which has escaped from cultivation.
  • an apophyge.
  • leakage or outflow, as of steam or a liquid.
  • leakage or loss of currents from the conducting wires, caused by defective insulation.
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