- 1 [no object] Break free from confinement or control: two burglars have just escaped from prison (as adjective escaped) escaped convictsMore example sentences
run away/off, get out, break out, break free, make a break for it, bolt, flee, take flight, make off, take off, abscond, take to one's heels, make one's getaway, make a run for it; disappear, vanish, slip away, sneak away
- She told police the attacker tied her up but that she managed to struggle free and escape into the bush.
- If it hadn't been for the collar, she could easily have broken free and escaped.
- I followed silently behind the two guards, debating within my mind whether to break free and escape, or stay near to him.
- 1.1 [with object] Elude or get free from (someone): he drove along I-84 to escape the policeMore example sentences
- Many of the villages are located in the Troodos Mountains, which is where Cypriots go to escape the maddening crowds along the coast.
- On the second occasion, she pleaded with paramedics at midnight to call the police because she wanted to be locked up and escape a man she claimed was after her.
- After escaping the police, he had run along the roofs of the buildings and come to the end of the block.
- 1.2Succeed in avoiding or eluding something dangerous, unpleasant, or undesirable: the driver escaped with a broken knee [with object]: a baby boy narrowly escaped deathMore example sentences
- A family who narrowly escaped with their lives after their home went up in flames have been dealt a second blow after burglars broke into the damaged house and stole hundreds of pounds worth of goods.
- A Colchester couple and their nine-year-old son narrowly escaped with their lives after the tsunami hit their beachfront apartment in Sri Lanka.
- Shots were fired and Tony narrowly escaped with his life.
- 1.3(Of a gas, liquid, or heat) leak from a container.More example sentences
leak (out), seep (out), discharge, emanate, issue, flow (out), pour (out), gush (out), spurt (out), spew (out)
- He was found alongside the body of his girlfriend; both had been poisoned by carbon monoxide gas escaping from the apartment's oven.
- There is an undefined hiss like air escaping but right now that is it.
- The low-tech way to protect against ice is to float a ball to keep an air hole open, letting noxious gases escape.
- 1.4 [with object] (Of words or sounds) issue involuntarily or inadvertently from (someone or their lips): a sob escaped her lipsMore example sentences
- ‘No,’ I screamed, the word escaping me before I realised that it had left my lips.
- His back arched involuntarily, and a content ‘mmm’ sound escaped his lips, edged with a groan.
- I ran a hand through my hair and was about to say something, when Jess stormed past, a small, frustrated sound escaping her.
- 2 [with object] Fail to be noticed or remembered by (someone): the name escaped him it may have escaped your notice, but this is not a hotelMore example sentences
- I was just about to throttle them both but then I noticed something that had escaped me before.
- If the author has given his name, it has escaped my notice.
- But the official-sounding name has not escaped the notice of those keeping a close watch on such titles.
- 3 [with object] Computing Interrupt (an operation) by means of the escape key.More example sentences
- Once installed, traditional Linux / UNIX escaping, quoting or tabbing is necessary to get to directories with spaces in their names.
- When conducting a tag search in Movable Type, the application is not properly escaping the optional IncludeBlogs query string parameter.
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- 1An act of breaking free from confinement or control: the story of his escape from a POW camp he could think of no way of escape, short of rudenessMore example sentences
- Finally, any kind of attempt at escape will mean solitary confinement for 30 days.
- It tells the story of a 1946 escape attempt from that most infamous of prisons, Alcatraz.
- The plucky farmer is understood to have startled the thief who eventually broke free and made his escape to a waiting car.
- 1.1An act of successfully avoiding something dangerous, unpleasant, or unwelcome: the couple had a narrow escape from serious injuryMore example sentences
avoidance of, evasion of, circumvention of
- We opted for the bottled water and thanked our lucky stars for our narrow escape.
- A Cranmore woman had a narrow escape when a bullet smashed through the front window of her car during last weekend's shooting.
- An Ambleside man had a narrow escape after stumbling and sinking up to his armpits in a bog while walking on the Lake District fells, reports Paul Duncan.
- 1.2A means of escaping from somewhere: [as modifier]: he had planned his escape routeMore example sentences
- I had an escape route planned out of town, and since I'd be driving my scooter I wouldn't have to worry about traffic.
- Plan an escape route in case you are washed into the sea.
- When rich nations lock poorer countries out of their markets in this way, they close the door to an escape route from poverty.
- 1.3A form of temporary distraction from reality or routine: romantic novels should present an escape from the dreary realities of lifeMore example sentences
- The effects provide a temporary escape from reality by relieving fears, tension and anxiety.
- The very nature of popular film is to provide an escape from daily reality and monotonous routines.
- Online many people express fantasies or adopt identities precisely because they are an escape from reality.
- 1.4A leakage of gas, liquid, or heat from a container.More example sentences
- This expansion creates a metal-to-metal seal and prevents the escape of gases.
- The company was yesterday visiting every house in the three villages to ensure the supply was turned off to prevent escapes when the gas goes back on.
- The cause of the escape of gas was tracked down to a crack in an ageing pipe.
- 1.5A garden plant or pet animal that has gone wild and (especially in plants) become naturalized.More example sentences
- This tropical China native is a rare escape from cultivation.
- It is most likely that the two trees are escapes or remnants from cultivation.
- And Vaccinium macrocarpon (the cranberry) is now a casual escape on the Pacific coast.
- 1.6 (also escape key) Computing A key on a computer keyboard that either interrupts the current operation or causes subsequent characters to be interpreted differently.More example sentences
- His first thought, when something went wrong, was to immediately hit the escape key - even when he was nowhere near a computer.
- Fortunately you can skip them by hitting the escape key.
- It is possible to save the game at any stage in the play via the escape key.
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- For the rest of us, it's been an unbearable nightmare escapable only through alcohol and movies.
- Heroes must be put into an easily escapable death situation.
- The book sensitively depicts internal conflict that silences abuse victims, and shows readers the situation is escapable once the truth is revealed.
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- One of the country's most notorious prison escapers broke out of a top-security wing at the prison - and no-one noticed.
- It comes as something of a surprise to learn that many of the most dedicated Allied escapers respected their resourceful Luftwaffe antagonists.
- Survival on a southern chain gang is the main theme of this book in which a prolific escaper pits himself against authority in a constant test of wills.
Middle English: from Old French eschaper, based on medieval Latin ex- 'out' + cappa 'cloak'. Compare with escapade.