1. [ verb ] run away from confinement
Synonyms: escape break_loose

"The convicted murderer escaped from a high security prison"

Related terms: flee shake break slip elude run_away escape getaway escapee
2. [ verb ] escape potentially unpleasant consequences; get away with a forbidden action
Synonyms: escape get_by get_off get_out

"She gets away with murder!" "I couldn't get out from under these responsibilities"

Related terms: avoid evade evasion
3. [ verb ] remove oneself from a familiar environment, usually for pleasure or diversion
Synonyms: escape

"We escaped to our summer house for a few days" "The president of the company never manages to get away during the summer"

Related terms: escape escapist
Similar spelling:   getaway