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Avoid appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Nose it in; avoid a rig I radio vanities on.
  • Gert, I saw Ron avoid a radio-van - or was it Reg?
  • Rot can avoid a redialed Adelaide radio van actor.
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Definition of the verb avoid

What does avoid mean as a doing word?

Avoid is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: avoided | avoiding | avoids

  1. stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something
  2. prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening
  3. refrain from doing something
    • example: He should avoid publishing his wife's memories
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more specific terms: shrink from / goldbrick / fiddle / shirk = avoid
  4. refrain from certain foods or beverages
    • example: During Ramadan, Muslims avoid tobacco during the day
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
    • synonym of avoid: keep off
    • more generic words: abstain / desist / refrain = choose not to consume
  5. declare invalid
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Patient]I nullified their advantage

      Void Verbs (with the same syntax): annul, invalidate, nullify, quash, void.

    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of avoid: annul / invalidate / nullify / quash / void
    • more generic terms: cancel / strike down = declare null and void
    • more specific terms:
      • set aside = annul
      • break = invalidate by judicial action
      • stet = printing: cancel, as of a correction or deletion

Alternative definition of the verb avoid


  1. [transitive] To keep away from; to keep clear of; to endeavor not to meet; to shun; to abstain from; as, to avoid the company of gamesters.
  2. [transitive, obsolete] To make empty; to clear.
  3. [transitive, now, _legal] To make void, to annul; to refute (especially a contract).
  4. [transitive, legal] To defeat or evade; to invalidate. Thus, in a replication, the plaintiff may deny the defendant's plea, or confess it, and avoid it by stating new matter.
  5. [transitive, obsolete] To emit or throw out; to void; as, to avoid excretions.
  6. [transitive, obsolete] To leave, evacuate; to leave as empty, to withdraw or come away from.
  7. [transitive] [obsolete] To get rid of.
  8. [intransitive, obsolete] To retire; to withdraw, depart, go away.
  9. [intransitive] [obsolete] To become void or vacant.


Avoid a.k.a. Avoid (RUSSIA) is a musical group.


"Avoid" is a musical album of Virtual Sunrise.

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Avoid: Do not purchase this seafood.

Phrases with Avoid

  1. Avoid Like the Plague
  2. to avoid

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Avoid

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Google previewTeach Like a Champion 2.0 (2014)

62 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College by Doug Lemov

In the end, there's far less incentive to refuse to try if doing so doesn't save you any work, so No Opt Out's attribute of causing students to answer a question they' ve attempted to avoid is a key lever. No Opt Out is also effective in helping ...

Google previewCat of Many Tails (2013)

by Ellery Queen

The one thing we've got to avoid is a repetition of the kind of tension that brought on the socalled Black Ides of March in 1935. A trivial incident and false rumor resulted in three deaths, thirtyodd people hospitalized for bullet wounds, and over ...

Google previewConvention, Translation, and Understanding (1988)

Philosophical Problems in the Comparative Study of Culture by Robert Feleppa

The danger we want to avoid is the reliance on premises about which we are unsure, for reasons of ...

Google previewTransformation in Higher Education (2006)

Global Pressures and Local Realities by Nico Cloete

The risk the Ministry wishes to avoid is a laissez-faire proliferation of higher education programmes by an increasing range of providers, without the benefit of a planning framework and without adequate safeguards to ensure the quality of ...

Google previewThe Lupus Encyclopedia (2014)

A Comprehensive Guide for Patients and Families by Donald E. Thomas, Jr.

Respect pain, avoid overuse, use frequent rest breaks. Relax your grip between strokes. Maintain shoulder strength through exercise; be aware ofproper posture and positioning ofjoints. • Weight lifting: Use proper lifting techniques. Consider ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Healing Foods (2010)

by Michael T. Murray, Joseph Pizzorno

Avoid dairy products.

Google previewFlip Dictionary (2002)

by Barbara Kipfer

enthusiasm, fervor, greediness, longing avocado: alligator pear avocado paste: guacamole avocation: amusement, diversion, hobby, occupation, pastime, recreation, sideline, thing avoid: abstain, avert, boycott, bypass, caress, circumvent, ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage (2001)

by Bryan A. Garner

avoid, void, v.t.; avoidance, voidance. In legal writing these verb and noun pairs are perfectly synonymous. Avoid, in law, often means "to make void or to cancel," ...

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Usage statistics about avoid

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Quotes about Avoid

Avoid the evil, and it will avoid thee.
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Scrabble value of A1V4O1I1D2

The value of this 5-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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