verb (flees, fleeing; past and past participle fled /flɛd/)[no object]
- 1Run away from a place or situation of danger: to escape the fighting, his family fled from their villageMore example sentences
run, run away, run off, make a run for it, run for it, take flight, be gone, make off, take off, take to one's heels, make a break for it, bolt, beat a (hasty) retreat, make a quick exit, make one's getaway, escape, absent oneself, make oneself scarce, abscond, head for the hills, do a disappearing act• informal beat it, clear off, clear out, vamoose, skedaddle, split, cut and run, leg it, show a clean pair of heels, turn tail, scramBritish • informal do a runner, scarper, do a bunkAustralian • informal go through, shoot through• vulgar slang bugger off• archaic flyescape from• informal skip
- Thousands of Arab refugees fled to Lebanon and Jordan, and some were forcibly evicted.
- With little choice but to escape again, Bers fled to Paris where his daughter Ruth was born.
- For 18 months they were happy, but there was more trouble and she fled to another refuge.
- 1.1 [with object] Run away from (someone or something): he was forced to flee the countryMore example sentences
- More are forced to flee their homes because of armed violence.
- Tens of thousands of Iran's professional and middle classes were expelled or forced to flee the country.
- The three men flee the country to an undisclosed location before they can be returned to prison.
Old English flēon, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vlieden and German fliehen.