avoid(redirected from avoided)
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If you avoid something, you take action to prevent it from happening to you.
If you avoid doing something, you make sure that you don't do it.
Don't say that you 'avoid to do' something.
If you can't control or change the way you behave, don't say that you 'can't avoid' it. You say that you can't help it or that you can't help yourself.
If someone does not allow you to do what you want to do, don't say that they 'avoid' you doing it. You say that they prevent you from doing it.
Past participle: avoided
|Verb||1.||avoid - stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something; "Her former friends now avoid her"|
evade, hedge, sidestep, skirt, parry, fudge, circumvent, dodge, elude, duck, put off - avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues); "He dodged the issue"; "she skirted the problem"; "They tend to evade their responsibilities"; "he evaded the questions skillfully"
get away, get by, escape, get off, get out - escape potentially unpleasant consequences; get away with a forbidden action; "She gets away with murder!"; "I couldn't get out from under these responsibilities"
bypass, get around, short-circuit, go around - avoid something unpleasant or laborious; "You cannot bypass these rules!"
stay off, keep off - refrain from entering or walking onto; "keep off the grass"; "stay off the premises"
shirk - avoid dealing with; "She shirks her duties"
shy away from - avoid having to deal with some unpleasant task; "I shy away from this task"
|2.||avoid - prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening; "Let's avoid a confrontation"; "head off a confrontation"; "avert a strike"|
|3.||avoid - refrain from doing something; "She refrains from calling her therapist too often"; "He should avoid publishing his wife's memories"|
|4.||avoid - refrain from certain foods or beverages; "I keep off drugs"; "During Ramadan, Muslims avoid tobacco during the day"|
|5.||avoid - declare invalid; "The contract was annulled"; "void a plea"|
strike down, cancel - declare null and void; make ineffective; "Cancel the election results"; "strike down a law"
break - invalidate by judicial action; "The will was broken"
stet - printing: cancel, as of a correction or deletion
elude find, face, approach, contact, invite, pursue, confront, seek out, face up to, solicit
avoid[əˈvɔɪd] VT [+ obstacle] → evitar, esquivar; [+ argument, question, subject] → evitar, eludir; [+ duty] → eludir; [+ danger] → salvarse de
are you trying to avoid me? → ¿me estás evitando or esquivando?
I try to avoid him → procuro no tener nada que ver con él
he avoids all his friends → huye de todos sus amigos
this way we avoid London → por esta ruta evitamos pasar por Londres
to avoid sb's eye → esquivar la mirada de algn
to avoid tax (legally) → evitar pagar impuestos; (illegally) → defraudar al fisco
to avoid doing sth → evitar hacer algo
he managed to avoid (hitting) the tree → logró esquivar el árbol
I'm trying to avoid being seen by Jeremy → estoy intentando evitar que me vea Jeremy, estoy intentando que Jeremy no me vea
it's to be avoided like the plague → de esto hay que huir como de la peste
to avoid doing sth → éviter de faire qch
Avoid going out on your own at night → Évite de sortir seul le soir.