Definition of flee in English:


Syllabification: flee
Pronunciation: /flē

verb (flees, fleeing; past and past participle fled /fled/)

[no object]
  • 1Run away from a place or situation of danger: a man was shot twice as he fled from five masked youths
    More example sentences
    • 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.
    run (away/off), run for it, make a run for it, dash, 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
    informal beat it, clear off/out, vamoose, skedaddle, split, leg it, turn tail, scram, light out, cut out, peel out
    archaic fly
    run away from, leave hastily, escape from
    informal skip
    archaic fly
  • 1.1 [with object] Run away from (someone or something): he was forced to flee the country figurative all remaining doubt that he was a guerilla began to flee my mind
    More 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.

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