Definition of flee in English:

flee

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Pronunciation: /fliː
 
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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 village
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, 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, scram
British informal do a runner, scarper, do a bunk
North American informal light out, bug out, cut out, peel out, take a powder, skidoo
Australian informal go through, shoot through
vulgar slang bugger off
archaic fly
run away from, leave hastily/abruptly, fly, escape from
informal skip
1.1 [with object] Run away from (someone or something): he was forced to flee the country
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.

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