escape (v.)

c. 1300, transitive and intransitive, "free oneself from confinement; extricate oneself from trouble; get away safely by flight (from battle, an enemy, etc.)," from Old North French escaper, Old French eschaper (12c., Modern French échapper), from Vulgar Latin *excappare, literally "get out of one's cape, leave a pursuer with just one's cape," from Latin ex- "out of" (see ex-) + Late Latin cappa "mantle" (see cap (n.)). Mid-14c., of things, "get or keep out of a person's grasp, elude (notice, perception, attention, etc.);" late 14c. as "avoid experiencing or suffering (something), avoid physical contact with; avoid (a consequence)." Formerly sometimes partly Englished as outscape (c. 1500). Related: Escaped; escaping.

escape (n.)

c. 1400, "an act of escaping, action of escaping," also "a possibility of escape," from escape (v.) or from Old French eschap; earlier eschap (c. 1300). Mental/emotional sense is from 1853. From 1810 as "a means of escape." The contractual escape clause recorded by 1939.

updated on January 23, 2022

Definitions of escape from WordNet
escape (n.)
the act of escaping physically;
he made his escape from the mental hospital
the canary escaped from its cage
Synonyms: flight
escape (n.)
an inclination to retreat from unpleasant realities through diversion or fantasy;
romantic novels were her escape from the stress of daily life
Synonyms: escapism
escape (n.)
nonperformance of something distasteful (as by deceit or trickery) that you are supposed to do;
that escape from the consequences is possible but unattractive
Synonyms: evasion / dodging
escape (n.)
an avoidance of danger or difficulty;
that was a narrow escape
escape (n.)
a means or way of escaping;
their escape route
hard work was his escape from worry
they installed a second hatch as an escape
escape (n.)
a plant originally cultivated but now growing wild;
escape (n.)
the discharge of a fluid from some container;
they tried to stop the escape of gas from the damaged pipe
Synonyms: leak / leakage / outflow
escape (n.)
a valve in a container in which pressure can build up (as a steam boiler); it opens automatically when the pressure reaches a dangerous level;
Synonyms: safety valve / relief valve / escape valve / escape cock
escape (v.)
run away from confinement;
The convicted murderer escaped from a high security prison
Synonyms: get away / break loose
escape (v.)
fail to experience;
Synonyms: miss
escape (v.)
escape potentially unpleasant consequences; get away with a forbidden action;
Synonyms: get off / get away / get by / get out
escape (v.)
be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by;
Synonyms: elude
escape (v.)
remove oneself from a familiar environment, usually for pleasure or diversion;
We escaped to our summer house for a few days
Synonyms: get away
escape (v.)
flee; take to one's heels; cut and run;
The burglars escaped before the police showed up
Synonyms: scat / run / scarper / turn tail / lam / run away / hightail it / bunk / head for the hills / take to the woods / fly the coop / break away
escape (v.)
issue or leak, as from a small opening;
Gas escaped into the bedroom
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