|Language:||Old North French|
|Origin:||escaper, from Vulgar Latin excappare, from Late Latin cappa 'head-covering'; from the idea of throwing off something that limits your movement|
es‧cape1 S3 W2
to get away from a place or dangerous situation when someone is trying to catch you or stop you:
He broke down the locked door and escaped.
escape from/through/over etc
He escaped from prison in October.
She escaped to Britain in 1938.
to get away from a dangerous or bad situation
danger[intransitive and transitive]
He escaped with minor injuries.
escape unhurt/unscathed/unharmed etc
A boy escaped unhurt when the fire in his room exploded.
They went to the hills to escape the summer heat.
escape somebody's clutches (=escape from someone)
The youth was trying to escape the clutches of two drunken female companions.
to avoid something bad or that you do not want to happen:
avoid[intransitive and transitive]
He narrowly escaped death in an avalanche.
The two passengers escaped serious injury.
They must not be allowed to escape justice.
It seemed impossible he would escape detection.
if gas, liquid, light, heat etc escapes from somewhere, it comes out:
Vents allow any steam to escape if the system overheats.
if a sound escapes from someone, they accidentally make that sound:
sound[intransitive and transitive] literary
A small laugh escaped her.
Holman let a weary sigh escape from his lips.
if something escapes your attention or notice, you do not see it or realize that it is there
used to say that someone cannot remember something:
For some reason which escapes me, we had to take a taxi.
used to emphasize that something is definitely important or will definitely happen:
There's no escaping the fact that work has profound effects on emotions and health.