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v. es·caped, es·cap·ing, es·capes
1. To break loose from confinement; get free: escape from jail.
2. To issue from confinement or enclosure; leak or seep out: Gas was escaping from the vent.
3. To avoid a serious or unwanted outcome: escaped from the accident with their lives.
4. Biology To become established in the wild. Used of a plant or animal.
5. Computers To interrupt a command, exit a program, or change levels within a program by using a key, combination of keys, or key sequence.
1. To succeed in avoiding: The thief escaped punishment.
2. To break loose from; get free of: The spacecraft escaped Earth's gravitational field.
3. To be outside the memory or understanding of; fail to be remembered or understood by: Her name escapes me. The book's significance escaped him.
4. To issue involuntarily from: A sigh escaped my lips.
1. The act or an instance of escaping.
2. A means of escaping.
3. A means of obtaining temporary freedom from worry, care, or unpleasantness: Television is my escape from worry.
4. A gradual effusion from an enclosure; a leakage.
5. Biology A cultivated plant or a domesticated or confined animal that has become established in the wild.
6. Computers A key used especially to interrupt a command, exit a program, or change levels within a program.

[Middle English escapen, from Old North French escaper, from Vulgar Latin *excappāre, to get out of one's cape, get away : Latin ex-, ex- + Medieval Latin cappa, cloak.]

es·cap′a·ble adj.
es·cap′er n.
Usage Note: The pronunciation (ĭk-skāp′) is often viewed by many as incorrect and is probably a result of confusion with words beginning with the prefix ex-. The word is properly pronounced without the (k) sound between the short i and the (sk) sound: (ĭ-skāp′).
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1. to get away or break free from (confinements, captors, etc): the lion escaped from the zoo.
2. to manage to avoid (imminent danger, punishment, evil, etc): to escape death.
3. (usually foll by: from) (of gases, liquids, etc) to issue gradually, as from a crack or fissure; seep; leak: water was escaping from the dam.
4. (tr) to elude; be forgotten by: the actual figure escapes me.
5. (tr) to be articulated inadvertently or involuntarily: a roar escaped his lips.
6. (Horticulture) (intr) (of cultivated plants) to grow wild
7. the act of escaping or state of having escaped
8. avoidance of injury, harm, etc: a narrow escape.
a. a means or way of escape
b. (as modifier): an escape route.
10. a means of distraction or relief, esp from reality or boredom: angling provides an escape for many city dwellers.
11. a gradual outflow; leakage; seepage
12. (Mechanical Engineering) Also called: escape valve or escape cock a valve that releases air, steam, etc, above a certain pressure; relief valve or safety valve
13. (Horticulture) a plant that was originally cultivated but is now growing wild
[C14: from Old Northern French escaper, from Vulgar Latin excappāre (unattested) to escape (literally: to remove one's cloak, hence free oneself), from ex-1 + Late Latin cappa cloak]
esˈcapable adj
esˈcaper n
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v. -caped, -cap•ing,
n., adj. v.i.
1. to slip or get away, as from confinement or restraint.
2. to avoid capture, punishment, or any threatened evil.
3. to issue from a confining enclosure, as a gas or liquid.
4. to slip away; fade.
5. (of an orig. cultivated plant) to grow wild.
6. to slip away from or elude: to escape the police.
7. to succeed in avoiding: to escape capture.
8. to elude (one's memory, notice, search, etc.).
9. (of a sound or utterance) to slip from or be expressed by inadvertently.
10. an act or instance of escaping.
11. the fact of having escaped.
12. a means of escaping.
13. avoidance of reality.
14. leakage, as of water or gas, from a pipe or storage container.
15. a plant that originated in cultivated stock and is now growing wild.
16. a key on a microcomputer keyboard, often used to return to a previous program screen.
17. for or providing an escape: an escape hatch.
[1250–1300; < Old North French escaper (French échapper) < Vulgar Latin *excappāre, v. derivative (with ex- ex-1) of Late Latin cappa hooded cloak (see cap1)]
es•cap′a•ble, adj.
es•cap′er, n.
syn: escape, elude, evade mean to keep free of something. To escape is to succeed in keeping away from danger, pursuit, observation, etc.: to escape punishment. To elude is to slip through an apparently tight net, thus avoiding, often by a narrow margin, whatever threatens; it implies using adroitness or slyness to baffle or foil: The fox eluded the hounds. To evade is to turn aside from or go out of reach of a person or thing, usu. by directing attention elsewhere: to evade the police.
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a mania for running away.
Obsolete, swimming away, especially escaping by swimming.
the art or technique of escaping from chains, locked trunks, etc., especially when exhibited as a form of entertainment. — escapist, n., adj.
fleeing from justice, as by a criminal.
a flight or escape to safety.
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(See also DEPARTURE.)

fly the coop To escape, as from a prison; to depart suddenly, often clandestinely. In this expression, coop is slang for a prison or any other confining place, literal or figurative. Thus, while the phrase is commonly applied to prison escapes, it is sometimes used to describe a child who has run away from home or an employee who quits suddenly because of the pressures and restrictions of his job.

give leg bail To run away; to escape from confinement on foot. Literally, bail is the surety, often provided by a third party, which allows a prisoner temporary liberty. In this rather droll expression, however, the prisoner is only indebted to his legs for his escape from custody.

I had concluded to use no chivalry, but give them leg-bail instead of it, by … making for a deep swamp. (James Adair, History of the American Indian, 1775)

give the guy To give someone the slip, to escape; also to do a guy and to guy ‘to run away, to decamp.’ Although of unknown origin, guy in these phrases means ‘a decampment, a running off on the sly.’ All three of these British slang expressions date from the late 19th century.

give the slip To elude or to escape from a person; to steal away or slip away unnoticed. Slip as an intransitive verb meaning ‘to escape or get away’ dates from the 14th century; transitive use dates from the 16th century. No explanation for the change to the substantive in give the slip is very plausible. One possibility is that the expression derives from the nautical slip which means ‘to allow the anchor-cable to run out when trying to make a quick getaway.’ Another theory suggests that the expression alludes to the image of an animal “slipping” its collar in order to run free. Neither theory is convincing, however, since it is difficult to determine accurately which use came first.

on the lam Escaping, fleeing, or hiding, especially from the police or other law enforcement officers. This popular underworld slang expression, in use since at least 1900, first received general acceptance and popularity during the 1920s. Lam probably derives from the Scandinavian lemja ‘to beat’ or, in this case, ‘to beat it, flee.’ A similar expression is take it on the lam.

He plugged the main guy for keeps, and I took it on the lam for mine. (No. 1500, Life in Sing-Sing, 1904)

show a clean pair of heels To escape by superior speed; to outrun; to run off; also show a fair pair of heels or a pair of heels. This expression, in use since 1654, is said to have derived from the ancient sport of cockfighting. Since Roman times gamecocks have fought wearing heels or metal spurs. If a rooster ran away instead of fighting, he was said to have shown his rival a clean pair of heels, since his spurs were unsullied by the blood of combat.

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The verb escape has several meanings. For some of these meanings, it is a transitive verb. For others, it is an intransitive verb.

1. used as a transitive verb

If you escape a situation that is dangerous, unpleasant, or difficult, you succeed in avoiding it.

They are also emigrating to escape mounting economic problems there.
He seemed to escape the loneliness of extreme old age.
They want to escape responsibility for what they have done.

If you cannot escape a feeling or belief, you cannot help having it.

One cannot escape the feeling that there is something missing.
It is difficult to escape the conclusion that they are actually intended for the black market.
2. used as an intransitive verb

If you escape from a place where you are in danger, you succeed in leaving it.

Last year thousands escaped from the country in small boats.

If you escape from a place such as a prison, you get out of it and are free.

In 1966 the spy George Blake escaped from prison.
Even if he managed to escape, where would he run?

If you escape when someone is trying to catch you, you avoid being caught.

The two other burglars were tipped off by a lookout and escaped.
3. 'get away'

Get away can be used with the same meaning.

George Watin got away and is presumed to be living in Spain.
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Past participle: escaped
Gerund: escaping

I escape
you escape
he/she/it escapes
we escape
you escape
they escape
I escaped
you escaped
he/she/it escaped
we escaped
you escaped
they escaped
Present Continuous
I am escaping
you are escaping
he/she/it is escaping
we are escaping
you are escaping
they are escaping
Present Perfect
I have escaped
you have escaped
he/she/it has escaped
we have escaped
you have escaped
they have escaped
Past Continuous
I was escaping
you were escaping
he/she/it was escaping
we were escaping
you were escaping
they were escaping
Past Perfect
I had escaped
you had escaped
he/she/it had escaped
we had escaped
you had escaped
they had escaped
I will escape
you will escape
he/she/it will escape
we will escape
you will escape
they will escape
Future Perfect
I will have escaped
you will have escaped
he/she/it will have escaped
we will have escaped
you will have escaped
they will have escaped
Future Continuous
I will be escaping
you will be escaping
he/she/it will be escaping
we will be escaping
you will be escaping
they will be escaping
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been escaping
you have been escaping
he/she/it has been escaping
we have been escaping
you have been escaping
they have been escaping
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been escaping
you will have been escaping
he/she/it will have been escaping
we will have been escaping
you will have been escaping
they will have been escaping
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been escaping
you had been escaping
he/she/it had been escaping
we had been escaping
you had been escaping
they had been escaping
I would escape
you would escape
he/she/it would escape
we would escape
you would escape
they would escape
Past Conditional
I would have escaped
you would have escaped
he/she/it would have escaped
we would have escaped
you would have escaped
they would have escaped
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.escape - the act of escaping physicallyescape - the act of escaping physically; "he made his escape from the mental hospital"; "the canary escaped from its cage"; "his flight was an indication of his guilt"
running away - the act of leaving (without permission) the place you are expected to be
evasion - the act of physically escaping from something (an opponent or a pursuer or an unpleasant situation) by some adroit maneuver
breakout, gaolbreak, jailbreak, prisonbreak, prison-breaking, break - an escape from jail; "the breakout was carefully planned"
lam, getaway - a rapid escape (as by criminals); "the thieves made a clean getaway"; "after the expose he had to take it on the lam"
exodus, hegira, hejira - a journey by a large group to escape from a hostile environment
skedaddle - a hasty flight
2.escape - an inclination to retreat from unpleasant realities through diversion or fantasy; "romantic novels were her escape from the stress of daily life"; "his alcohol problem was a form of escapism"
diversion, recreation - an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates; "scuba diving is provided as a diversion for tourists"; "for recreation he wrote poetry and solved crossword puzzles"; "drug abuse is often regarded as a form of recreation"
3.escape - nonperformance of something distasteful (as by deceit or trickery) that you are supposed to do; "his evasion of his clear duty was reprehensible"; "that escape from the consequences is possible but unattractive"
negligence, nonperformance, carelessness, neglect - failure to act with the prudence that a reasonable person would exercise under the same circumstances
escape mechanism - a form of behavior that evades unpleasant realities
malingering, skulking - evading duty or work by pretending to be incapacitated; "they developed a test to detect malingering"
goldbricking, goofing off, shirking, slacking, soldiering - the evasion of work or duty
circumvention - the act of evading by going around
4.escape - an avoidance of danger or difficulty; "that was a narrow escape"
avoidance, shunning, turning away, dodging - deliberately avoiding; keeping away from or preventing from happening
5.escape - a means or way of escaping; "hard work was his escape from worry"; "they installed a second hatch as an escape"; "their escape route"
means, way, agency - how a result is obtained or an end is achieved; "a means of control"; "an example is the best agency of instruction"; "the true way to success"
6.escape - a plant originally cultivated but now growing wild
plant life, flora, plant - (botany) a living organism lacking the power of locomotion
7.escape - the discharge of a fluid from some containerescape - the discharge of a fluid from some container; "they tried to stop the escape of gas from the damaged pipe"; "he had to clean up the leak"
outpouring, discharge, run - the pouring forth of a fluid
8.escape - a valve in a container in which pressure can build up (as a steam boiler)escape - 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
regulator - any of various controls or devices for regulating or controlling fluid flow, pressure, temperature, etc.
valve - control consisting of a mechanical device for controlling the flow of a fluid
Verb1.escape - run away from confinement; "The convicted murderer escaped from a high security prison"
break away, break out, break - move away or escape suddenly; "The horses broke from the stable"; "Three inmates broke jail"; "Nobody can break out--this prison is high security"
escape from, shake off, throw off, shake - get rid of; "I couldn't shake the car that was following me"
elude, evade, bilk - escape, either physically or mentally; "The thief eluded the police"; "This difficult idea seems to evade her"; "The event evades explanation"
flee, take flight, fly - run away quickly; "He threw down his gun and fled"
slip - move smoothly and easily; "the bolt slipped into place"; "water slipped from the polished marble"
run away - escape from the control of; "Industry is running away with us all"
get away, escape - remove oneself from a familiar environment, usually for pleasure or diversion; "We escaped to our summer house for a few days"; "The president of the company never manages to get away during the summer"
2.escape - fail to experience; "Fortunately, I missed the hurricane"
avoid - stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something; "Her former friends now avoid her"
3.escape - escape potentially unpleasant consequences; get away with a forbidden action; "She gets away with murder!"; "I couldn't get out from under these responsibilities"
evade - use cunning or deceit to escape or avoid; "The con man always evades"
avoid - stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something; "Her former friends now avoid her"
4.escape - be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by; "What you are seeing in him eludes me"
bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, baffle, mystify, nonplus, perplex, puzzle, stupefy, amaze, gravel, vex, pose, stick, beat, get - be a mystery or bewildering to; "This beats me!"; "Got me--I don't know the answer!"; "a vexing problem"; "This question really stuck me"
resist, defy, refuse - elude, especially in a baffling way; "This behavior defies explanation"
5.escape - remove oneself from a familiar environment, usually for pleasure or diversion; "We escaped to our summer house for a few days"; "The president of the company never manages to get away during the summer"
escape, get away, break loose - run away from confinement; "The convicted murderer escaped from a high security prison"
6.escape - fleeescape - flee; take to one's heels; cut and run; "If you see this man, run!"; "The burglars escaped before the police showed up"
go forth, leave, go away - go away from a place; "At what time does your train leave?"; "She didn't leave until midnight"; "The ship leaves at midnight"
flee, take flight, fly - run away quickly; "He threw down his gun and fled"
skedaddle - run away, as if in a panic
7.escape - issue or leak, as from a small opening; "Gas escaped into the bedroom"
egress, come forth, emerge, go forth, come out, issue - come out of; "Water issued from the hole in the wall"; "The words seemed to come out by themselves"
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1. get away, flee, take off, fly, bolt, skip, slip away, abscond, decamp, hook it (slang), do a runner (slang), do a bunk (Brit. slang), fly the coop (U.S. & Canad. informal), make a break for it, slip through your fingers, skedaddle (informal), take a powder (U.S. & Canad. slang), make your getaway, take it on the lam (U.S. & Canad. slang), break free or out, make or effect your escape, run away or off A prisoner has escaped from a jail in Northern England.
2. avoid, miss, evade, dodge, shun, elude, duck, steer clear of, circumvent, body-swerve (Scot.) He was lucky to escape serious injury.
3. be forgotten by, be beyond (someone), baffle, elude, puzzle, stump an actor whose name escapes me for the moment
4. leak out, flow out, drain away, discharge, gush out, emanate, seep out, exude, spurt out, spill out, pour forth Leave a vent open to let some of the moist air escape.
1. getaway, break, flight, break-out, bolt, decampment He made his escape from the country.
2. avoidance, evasion, circumvention, elusion his narrow escape from bankruptcy
3. relaxation, relief, recreation, distraction, diversion, pastime For me television is an escape.
4. leak, emission, discharge, outpouring, gush, spurt, outflow, leakage, drain, seepage, issue, emanation, efflux, effluence, outpour You should report any suspected gas escape immediately.
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1. To break loose and leave suddenly, as from confinement or from a difficult or threatening situation:
Informal: skip (out).
Slang: lam.
Regional: absquatulate.
Idioms: blow the coop, cut and run, give someone the slip, make a getaway, take flight, take it on the lam.
2. To keep away from:
Idioms: fight shy of, give a wide berth to, have no truck with, keep clear of.
3. To fail to be fixed by the mind, memory, or senses of:
Idiom: slip away from.
1. The act or an instance of escaping, as from confinement or difficulty:
Slang: lam.
2. The act, an instance, or a means of avoiding:
3. Freedom from worry, care, or unpleasantness:
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إنْبِعاث، تَسَرُّبهربهُرُوبيَتَجَنَّبيَفِرُّ
flugtundslippeflygteløbe ududslip
flótti; gaslekigleymastkomast hjálekasleppa, brjóstast út, flÿja
bėgimas nuo tikrovėskuris bėga nuo tikrovėsnutekėjimaspraslystiveržtis
sự trốn thoáttrốn thoát


A. N
1. (from detention) → fuga f; (from country) → huida f
there is no escape from this prisonno hay forma de escapar or fugarse de esta cárcel
to make one's escapeescapar(se)
2. (from injury, harm) there was no escape from the noiseno había forma de escapar al ruido
she saw prostitution as her only means of escape from povertyvió la prostitución como el único medio de escapar a la pobreza
to have a lucky or narrow escape (lit, fig) → salvarse por los pelos
he had a lucky or narrow escape (from death) → tuvo suerte de escapar or salir con vida, se salvó por los pelos
3. (from real world) → evasión f
for me television is an escapea mí la televisión me sirve de evasión
4. [of water, gas] → fuga f, escape m
1. (= avoid) [+ pursuer] → escapar de, librarse de; [+ punishment, death] → librarse de; [+ consequences] → evitar
they managed to escape capture/detectionconsiguieron evitar que les capturaran/detectaran
they jumped out of the window to escape the firesaltaron por la ventana para escapar del fuego
they were lucky to escape injurytuvieron mucha suerte de salir ilesos
there was no way I could escape meeting himno había manera de poder evitar verme con él
they left the country to escape the pressse fueron del país para escapar de la prensa
he just escaped being run overpor poco lo atropellan
2. (= elude) his name escapes meno logro acordarme de su nombre
nothing escapes herno se le escapa nada
it had escaped his notice or attention thatse le había escapado que ...
3. (esp liter) (= issue from) a cry escaped his lipsdejó escapar un grito
1. (= get away) (gen) → escaparse; [prisoner] → fugarse, escapar(se)
to escape from [+ prison] → escapar(se) de, fugarse de; [+ cage] → escaparse de; [+ danger, harm] → huir de; [+ reality] → evadirse de
he kept me talking and I couldn't escape from himhacía que siguiera hablando y no podía escaparme de él
he wanted to escape from the world for a whilequería evadirse del mundo durante un tiempo
in winter I think of escaping to the sunen invierno pienso en escaparme a un sitio con sol
he escaped to a neutral countryhuyó a un país neutral
she escaped unhurtsalió ilesa
he escaped with a few bruisessólo sufrió algunas magulladuras
he was lucky to escape with his lifetuvo suerte de salir con vida
2. (= leak) [liquid, gas] → salirse
3. (= issue) a moan escaped from her lipsdejó escapar un gemido
tendrils of hair were escaping from under her hatalgunos mechones de pelo le salían por debajo del sombrero
D. CPD escape artist Nescapista mf
escape attempt Nintento m de fuga
escape clause N (in agreement) → cláusula f de excepción
escape hatch N (in plane, space rocket) → escotilla f de salvamento
escape key N (Comput) → tecla f de escape
escape pipe Ntubo m de desagüe
escape plan Nplan m de fuga
escape route Nruta f de escape
escape valve Nválvula f de escape
escape velocity N (Aer) → velocidad f de escape
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(from prison)évasion f, fuite f
(from danger) to have a narrow escape → s'en tirer de justesse
to have a lucky escape → l'échapper belle
(from unhappiness)
For me television is an escape → La télévision me permet de m'évader.
an escape from → une façon d'échapper à
[gas] → fuite f
(in machine)échappement m
(= get away) [animal, fugitive] → s'échapper, fuir
A lion has escaped → Un lion s'est échappé.
to escape to [+ another country] → gagner, s'enfuir en
They escaped to the other side of the border → Ils se sont enfuis de l'autre côté de la frontière.
to escape to safety → se réfugier dans un endroit sûr, gagner un endroit sûr
to escape from [+ place] → s'échapper de
to escape from sb → échapper à qn
[prisoner] (from jail)s'évader
to escape from prison → s'évader de prison
(= survive) → s'en tirer
to escape unhurt → s'en sortir indemne
(= come out) [air] → fuir, s'échapper
to escape from → s'échapper de
vt (= get away from) [+ captor] → échapper à
(= avoid) [+ work, responsibility] → se soustraire à; [+ injury] → échapper à
to escape detection [fugitive, criminal] → ne pas se faire repérer; [medical condition] → ne pas être dépisté(e)
to escape notice → passer inaperçu(e)
to escape sb's attention → échapper à l'attention de qn
(= elude)
His name escapes me → Son nom m'échappe.
modif [attempt, plan] → d'évasion
see also escapedescape artist nvirtuose mf de l'évasionescape clause nclause f dérogatoire
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(= get away)flüchten, fliehen (from aus), entfliehen (geh) (→ from +dat); (from pursuers, captivity) → entkommen (→ from +dat); (from prison, camp, cage, stall etc) → ausbrechen (from aus); (bird)entfliegen (→ from +dat); (water)auslaufen (from aus); (gas)ausströmen (from aus); to stop the prisoners escapingum Gefängnisausbrüche zu verhindern; he was shot dead while trying to escapeer wurde bei einem Fluchtversuch erschossen; an escaped prisoner/tigerein entflohener Häftling/entsprungener Tiger; he escaped from the fireer ist dem Feuer entkommen; I’ve got you now, she said, and I won’t let you escapejetzt habe ich dich, sagte sie, und du entkommst mir so schnell nicht; I just feel I have to escape from this placeich habe einfach das Gefühl, dass ich hier wegmuss; she has to be able to escape from her family sometimessie muss ab und zu die Möglichkeit haben, ihrer Familie zu entfliehen; a room which I can escape toein Zimmer, in das ich mich zurückziehen kann; to escape from oneselfvor sich (dat)selber fliehen; it’s no good trying to escape from the worldes hat keinen Zweck, vor der Welt fliehen zu wollen; he’s trying to escape from life on the streetser versucht, von dem Leben auf der Straße wegzukommen; to escape from realityder Wirklichkeit entfliehen (geh); to escape from povertyder Armut entkommen
(= get off, be spared)davonkommen; these cuts will affect everyone, nobody will escapediese Kürzungen betreffen alle, keiner wird ungeschoren davonkommen; the others were killed, but he escapeddie anderen wurden getötet, aber er kam mit dem Leben davon
pursuersentkommen (+dat)
(= avoid) consequences, punishment, disaster, detectionentgehen (+dat); no department will escape these cutskeine Abteilung wird von diesen Kürzungen verschont bleiben; he narrowly escaped injuryer ist gerade noch unverletzt davongekommen; he narrowly escaped deather ist dem Tod mit knapper Not entronnen; he narrowly escaped being run overer wäre um ein Haar or um Haaresbreite überfahren worden; to escape the worstvom Schlimmsten verschont bleiben; but you can’t escape the fact that …aber du kannst nicht leugnen or abstreiten, dass …
(= be unnoticed, forgotten by) his name escapes mesein Name ist mir entfallen; nothing escapes himihm entgeht nichts; to escape noticeunbemerkt bleiben; it had not escaped her (attention)es war ihr or ihrer Aufmerksamkeit nicht entgangen
the thoughtless words which escaped medie unbedachten Worte, die mir herausgerutscht or entfahren sind
(from prison etc) → Ausbruch m, → Flucht f; (= attempted escape)Ausbruchsversuch m, → Fluchtversuch m; (from a country) → Flucht f(from aus); (fig, from reality, one’s family etc) → Flucht f(from vor); to make one’s escapeausbrechen, entfliehen; the escape was successfulder Ausbruchs- or Fluchtversuch glückte or war erfolgreich; the increasing number of escapesdie zunehmende Zahl von Ausbruchsfällen; with this security system escape is impossibledieses Sicherheitssystem macht Ausbrechen unmöglich; what are their chances of escape?wie sind ihre Fluchtmöglichkeiten?, wie sind ihre Chancen zu entkommen?; there’s been an escape from London Zooaus dem Londoner Zoo ist ein Tier ausgebrochen; to have a miraculous escape (from accident, illness) → auf wunderbare Weise davonkommen; fishing/music is his escapeAngeln/Musik ist seine Zuflucht; otherwise I don’t get any escape from the demands of my familysonst habe ich überhaupt keine Abwechslung von den Ansprüchen meiner Familie; there’s no escape (fig)es gibt keinen Ausweg or kein Entrinnen (geh) ? lucky
(of water)Ausfließen nt; (of gas)Ausströmen nt; (of steam, gas, in a machine)Entweichen nt; due to an escape of gasaufgrund or auf Grund ausströmenden Gases
(Comput) hit escapeEscape drücken


escape artist
nEntfesselungskünstler(in) m(f)
escape attempt, escape bid
escape chute
n (on plane) → Notrutsche f
escape clause
n (Jur) → Rücktrittsklausel f


escape hatch
n (Naut) → Notluke f
escape key
n (Comput) → Escapetaste f
escape mechanism
nAbwehrmechanismus m


escape pipe
nÜberlaufrohr nt; (for gas, steam) → Abzugsrohr nt
escape plan
nFluchtplan m
escape road
nAusweichstraße f
escape route
nFluchtweg m
escape valve
escape velocity
n (Space) → Fluchtgeschwindigkeit f
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1. n (gen) → fuga; (of prisoner) → fuga, evasione f; (of gas) → fuga, fuoriuscita
to have a lucky escape → scamparla bella
to make one's escape → evadere
2. vt (capture, pursuers, punishment) → sfuggire a; (death) → scampare; (danger) → scampare a; (consequences) → sottrarsi a
he narrowly escaped being killed → per poco non è rimasto ucciso
his name escapes me → il suo nome mi sfugge
to escape notice → passare inosservato/a
it had escaped his notice → era sfuggito alla sua attenzione
nothing escapes her (attention) → non le sfugge nulla
3. vi (gen) → scappare; (prisoner) → evadere; (liquid, gas) → fuoriuscire (Comput) → uscire
to escape from (person) → sfuggire a (prison) → fuggire di
to escape to (another place) → fuggire in (freedom, safety) → fuggire verso
he escaped with a few bruises (fig) → se l'è cavata con qualche livido
an escaped prisoner → un(a) evaso/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(iˈskeip) verb
1. to gain freedom. He escaped from prison.
2. to manage to avoid (punishment, disease etc). She escaped the infection.
3. to avoid being noticed or remembered by; to avoid (the observation of). The fact escaped me / my notice; His name escapes me / my memory.
4. (of a gas, liquid etc) to leak; to find a way out. Gas was escaping from a hole in the pipe.
(act of) escaping; state of having escaped. Make your escape while the guard is away; There have been several escapes from that prison; Escape was impossible; The explosion was caused by an escape of gas.
eˈscapism noun
the tendency to escape from unpleasant reality into day-dreams etc.
eˈscapist noun
, adjective.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.


هُرُوب, يَفِرُّ únik, uprchnout flugt, undslippe Entkommen απόδραση, δραπετεύω escaparse, huida paeta, pako fuir, fuite bijeg, pobjeći fuga, fuggire 逃げる, 逃亡 탈출, 탈출하다 ontsnappen, ontsnapping flukt, rømme uciec, ucieczka escapar, escapar-se, fuga спасение, убежать fly, flykt การหลบหนี, หลบหนี kaçış, kaçmak sự trốn thoát, trốn thoát 逃跑, 逃避
Multilingual Translator © HarperCollins Publishers 2009
References in classic literature ?
"Why, in this way: if Coysel says loud enough for the cardinal to hear him, on such or such a day such a prisoner will escape, 'tis plain that the cardinal will take measures of precaution and that the prisoner will not escape."
I now come to that part of my life during which I planned, and finally succeeded in making, my escape from slavery.
Time is precious, and Crito has come early in order to gain his consent to a plan of escape. This can be easily accomplished by his friends, who will incur no danger in making the attempt to save him, but will be disgraced for ever if they allow him to perish.
"So let us end this mournful talk and try to discover a means to escape."
Ghak, Perry, and I often talked together of possible escape, but the Sarian was so steeped in his lifelong belief that no one could escape from the Mahars except by a miracle, that he was not much aid to us--his attitude was of one who waits for the miracle to come to him.
It was large enough to permit the passage of his body, and assured as he was that Lady Greystoke had passed out through the aperture in an attempt to escape the village, he lost no time in availing himself of the same avenue; but neither did he lose time in a fruitless search for Jane Clayton.
Rokoff, on his part, was bent more upon escape than aught else.
"None escape," said the Beast Folk, glancing furtively at one another.
There lies our only hope of even temporary escape; there we may find a cave or a narrow ledge which two may defend for ever against this motley, unarmed horde."
Many times she planned her escape. Had it not been for the banths it had been easy of accomplishment by night.
But since wishes could do me no good, I presently took courage and looked about me for a means of escape. When I had climbed a tall tree I first of all directed my anxious glances towards the sea; but, finding nothing hopeful there, I turned landward, and my curiosity was excited by a huge dazzling white object, so far off that I could not make out what it might be.
And now you are reported to have been plotting to escape with another prisoner of another race; a prisoner who, from her own admission, half believes you are returned from the valley of Dor.