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, intentionally, purposefully, purposely, scrupulously, studiously

The two men carefully avoided one another.

I scrupulously avoid artificial additives when I buy food.

barely, narrowly

They narrowly avoided defeat in the semi-final.

deftly, wisely

He deftly avoided answering the question.

pointedly

She pointedly avoided looking at him when she spoke.

easily, successfully

Most of these problems could have been easily avoided.

generally, largely

As someone who generally avoids teen movies, I didn't expect to enjoy this.

at all costs

Getting involved in a court case is something to be avoided at all costs.

VERB + AVOID
be anxious to, want to, wish to

They are anxious to avoid any further misunderstandings.

attempt to, try to
be careful to, take care to

He was careful to avoid any sentimentality in his speech.

help (to)
be able to, manage to
be possible to
be difficult to, be impossible to
PHRASES
an attempt to avoid sth, an effort to avoid sth

He failed in his attempt to avoid having to pay.

2 not hit sb/sth
ADVERB
narrowly

He braked hard and narrowly avoided a parked van.

VERB + AVOID
brake to, slow to, slow down to
swerve to

She swerved to avoid a bicycle.

duck to, duck down to

They ducked to avoid a low branch.

Avoid is used with these nouns as the object: ↑accident, ↑alcohol, ↑ambiguity, ↑annihilation, ↑appearance, ↑arrest, ↑attention, ↑bankruptcy, ↑bias, ↑bloodshed, ↑blow, ↑boredom, ↑build-up, ↑capture, ↑carbohydrate, ↑casualty, ↑catastrophe, ↑censure, ↑chaos, ↑charge, ↑clash, ↑cliché, ↑collapse, ↑collision, ↑complication, ↑conflict, ↑confrontation, ↑confusion, ↑congestion, ↑conscription, ↑contact, ↑contamination, ↑controversy, ↑conversation, ↑crash, ↑creation, ↑creditor, ↑crisis, ↑criticism, ↑crowd, ↑damage, ↑danger, ↑death, ↑defeat, ↑dehydration, ↑delay, ↑destiny, ↑destruction, ↑detection, ↑difficulty, ↑disadvantage, ↑disagreement, ↑disappointment, ↑disaster, ↑discord, ↑dispute, ↑disruption, ↑distortion, ↑distraction, ↑distress, ↑draft, ↑duplication, ↑duty, ↑effect, ↑embarrassment, ↑encounter, ↑error, ↑excess, ↑expense, ↑exposure, ↑extradition, ↑extreme, ↑failure, ↑fat, ↑fate, ↑fatigue, ↑fire, ↑food, ↑gaze, ↑hazard, ↑impression, ↑incident, ↑inconvenience, ↑infection, ↑influence, ↑injury, ↑interference, ↑issue, ↑jail, ↑jargon, ↑liability, ↑limelight, ↑litigation, ↑mention, ↑mishap, ↑mistake, ↑misunderstanding, ↑necessity, ↑need, ↑obstacle, ↑penalty, ↑peril, ↑persecution, ↑pitfall, ↑pollution, ↑pregnancy, ↑prison, ↑problem, ↑prosecution, ↑publicity, ↑punishment, ↑question, ↑recession, ↑recognition, ↑recourse, ↑recurrence, ↑reduction, ↑redundancy, ↑reference, ↑repetition, ↑responsibility, ↑rigour, ↑risk, ↑rush, ↑scandal, ↑scrutiny, ↑showdown, ↑situation, ↑stagnation, ↑starvation, ↑stigma, ↑stress, ↑subject, ↑suspicion, ↑tax, ↑taxation, ↑temptation, ↑traffic, ↑tragedy, ↑trap, ↑trouble, ↑urge, ↑violation, ↑wastage, ↑waste, ↑worst, ↑wrath

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Synonyms:
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  • 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

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