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Definition of avoid:

  1. To become void or vacant.
  2. To defeat or evade; to invalidate. Thus, in a replication, the plaintiff may deny the defendant's plea, or confess it, and avoid it by stating new matter.
  3. To emit or throw out; to void; as, to avoid excretions.
  4. To empty.
  5. To get rid of.
  6. To keep away from; to keep clear of; to endeavor no to meet; to shun; to abstain from; as, to avoid the company of gamesters.
  7. To make void; to annul or vacate; to refute.
  8. To quit or evacuate; to withdraw from.
  9. To retire; to withdraw.

Synonyms:

suspend, edge off, distract, get around, empty, give one the slip, subjugate, let well enough alone, ward off, rid of, overturn, keep out of the way, give a wide berth, malinger, let alone, shake off, give a wide berth to, fend off, revoke, flee from, vitiate, avert the eyes, parry, keep oneself aloof, evacuate, pass up, keep at a respectful distance, hold off, shrink from, repress, reverse, nullify, escape from, study at escape, reduce, subdue, lift, quash, obviate, avert, desist, repeal, deflect, neutralise, exclude, eliminate, block, skirt, recoil from, forefend, keep down, stay off, vacate, keep clear of, head off, burke, draw back, withdraw, lay off, keep in the background, turn away, void, rescind, refrain from, abstain from, eschew, have no truck with, stay out of, invalidate, forfend, go off, neutralize, negate, steer clear of, bar, cancel, keep off, fight shy of, stay away, annul, debar, stave off, hold oneself aloof from, countermand, stay back, bend, turn aside.

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