Synonyms of escape


1. escape, flight, running away

usage: 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"

2. escape, escapism, diversion, recreation

usage: 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"

3. evasion, escape, dodging, negligence, carelessness, neglect, nonperformance

usage: 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"

4. escape, avoidance, turning away, shunning, dodging

usage: an avoidance of danger or difficulty; "that was a narrow escape"

5. escape, means, agency, way

usage: 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. escape, plant, flora, plant life

usage: a plant originally cultivated but now growing wild

7. escape, leak, leakage, outflow, discharge, outpouring, run

usage: 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"

8. safety valve, relief valve, escape valve, escape cock, escape, valve, regulator

usage: 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


1. escape, get away, break loose, flee, fly, take flight

usage: run away from confinement; "The convicted murderer escaped from a high security prison"

2. miss, escape, avoid

usage: fail to experience; "Fortunately, I missed the hurricane"

3. get off, get away, get by, get out, escape, avoid

usage: escape potentially unpleasant consequences; get away with a forbidden action; "She gets away with murder!"; "I couldn't get out from under these responsibilities"

4. elude, escape, perplex, vex, stick, get, puzzle, mystify, baffle, beat, pose, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, amaze, dumbfound

usage: be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by; "What you are seeing in him eludes me"

5. escape, get away, escape, get away, break loose

usage: 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"

6. scat, run, scarper, turn tail, lam, run away, hightail it, bunk, head for the hills, take to the woods, escape, fly the coop, break away, leave, go forth, go away

usage: flee; take to one's heels; cut and run; "If you see this man, run!"; "The burglars escaped before the police showed up"

7. escape, issue, emerge, come out, come forth, go forth, egress

usage: issue or leak, as from a small opening; "Gas escaped into the bedroom"

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Definition and meaning of escape (Dictionary)