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flee

Syllabification: flee
Pronunciation: /flē
 
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Definition of flee in English:

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.
Synonyms
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.

Origin

Old English flēon, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vlieden and German fliehen.

Words that rhyme with flee

absentee, açai, addressee, adoptee, agree, allottee, amputee, appellee, appointee, appraisee, après-ski, assignee, asylee, attendee, bailee, bain-marie, Bangui, bargee, bawbee, be, Bea, bee, bootee, bouquet garni, bourgeoisie, Brie, BSc, buckshee, Capri, cc, chimpanzee, cohabitee, conferee, consignee, consultee, Cree, debauchee, decree, dedicatee, Dee, degree, deportee, dernier cri, detainee, devisee, devotee, divorcee, draftee, dree, Dundee, dungaree, eau-de-vie, emcee, employee, endorsee, en famille, ennui, enrollee, escapee, esprit, evacuee, examinee, expellee, fee, fiddle-de-dee, flea, fleur-de-lis, foresee, franchisee, free, fusee (US fuzee), Gardaí, garnishee, gee, ghee, glee, goatee, grandee, Grand Prix, grantee, Guarani, guarantee, he, HMRC, indictee, inductee, internee, interviewee, invitee, jamboree, Jaycee, jeu d'esprit, key, knee, Lea, lee, legatee, Leigh, lessee, Ley, licensee, loanee, lychee, manatee, Manichee, maquis, Marie, marquee, me, Midi, mortgagee, MSc, nominee, obligee, Otomi, parolee, Parsee, parti pris, patentee, Pawnee, payee, pea, pee, permittee, plc, plea, pledgee, pollee, presentee, promisee, quay, ratatouille, referee, refugee, releasee, repartee, retiree, returnee, rupee, scot-free, scree, sea, secondee, see, settee, Shanxi, Shawnee, shchi, she, shea, si, sirree, ski, spree, standee, suttee, tant pis, tea, tee, tee-hee, Tennessee, testee, the, thee, three, thuggee, Tiree, Torquay, trainee, Tralee, transferee, tree, Trincomalee, trustee, tutee, twee, Twi, undersea, vestee, vis-à-vis, wagon-lit, Waikiki, warrantee, we, wee, whee, whoopee, ye, yippee, Zuider Zee

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