1. [ verb ] stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something

"Her former friends now avoid her"

Related terms: confront miss get_off bypass shy_away_from shun hedge keep_off ware avoidance
2. [ verb ] prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening
Synonyms: avert head_off stave_off ward_off obviate fend_off deflect debar

"Let's avoid a confrontation" "head off a confrontation" "avert a strike"

Related terms: prevent obviation
3. [ verb ] refrain from doing something
Synonyms: refrain_from keep_from abstain_from desist_from forbear_from

"She refrains from calling her therapist too often" "He should avoid publishing his wife's memoires"

Related terms: spare shirk abstain
4. [ verb ] refrain from certain foods or beverages
Synonyms: keep_off

"I keep off drugs" "During Ramadan, Muslims avoid tobacco during the day"

Related terms: abstain
5. [ verb ] (law) declare invalid
Synonyms: invalidate void quash nullify annul

"The contract was annulled" "avoid a plea"

Related terms: validate cancel break stet nullifier invalidator nothingness annulment
Similar spelling:   avid