a|void´er


a|void´er
a|void «uh VOYD», transitive verb.
1. to keep away from; keep out of the way of: »

We avoided driving through large cities on our trip.

2. to have nothing to do with: »

The shy old man avoided his neighbors.

3. to prevent from occurring: »

To avoid an accident in the dark, use a flashlight.

4. Law. to make void; annul.
5. Obsolete. to empty.
[< Anglo-French avoider, Old French esvuidier empty, quit < es- out (< Latin ex-) + vuidier < Vulgar Latin vocitāre to void, empty]
a|void´er, noun.
Synonym Study 1, 2 Avoid, shun mean to keep out of the way of. Avoid suggests trying not to meet someone or something that might be unpleasant: »

He always left by the back door to avoid his creditors. The driver skillfully avoided the potholes in the road.

Shun suggests feeling strong dislike or disgust for the person or thing avoided: »

We are likely to shun people with horrible diseases.


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