Definition of escape


Scrabble & Words with Friends points

  • escape is a valid Scrabble word with a point value of 10 according to TWL06 dictionary
  • escape is a valid Words with Friends word with a point value of 12 according to ENABLE dictionary

Definition of escape

  • remove oneself from a familiar environment, usually for pleasure or diversion (verb)

    Examples

    1. We escaped to our summer house for a few days

    Synonyms

    1. get away

  • 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 (noun)

    Synonyms

    1. escape cock
    2. escape valve
    3. relief valve
    4. safety valve

  • be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by (verb)

    Synonyms

    1. elude

  • nonperformance of something distasteful (as by deceit or trickery) that you are supposed to do (noun)

    Examples

    1. that escape from the consequences is possible but unattractive

    Synonyms

    1. dodging
    2. evasion

  • fail to experience (verb)

    Synonyms

    1. miss

  • the discharge of a fluid from some container (noun)

    Examples

    1. they tried to stop the escape of gas from the damaged pipe

    Synonyms

    1. leak
    2. leakage
    3. outflow

  • flee; take to one's heels; cut and run (verb)

    Examples

    1. The burglars escaped before the police showed up

    Synonyms

    1. break away
    2. bunk
    3. fly the coop
    4. head for the hills
    5. hightail it
    6. lam
    7. run
    8. run away
    9. scarper
    10. scat
    11. take to the woods
    12. turn tail

  • run away from confinement (verb)

    Examples

    1. The convicted murderer escaped from a high security prison

    Synonyms

    1. break loose
    2. get away

  • an inclination to retreat from unpleasant realities through diversion or fantasy (noun)

    Examples

    1. romantic novels were her escape from the stress of daily life

    Synonyms

    1. escapism

  • the act of escaping physically (noun)

    Examples

    1. he made his escape from the mental hospital
    2. the canary escaped from its cage

    Synonyms

    1. flight

  • escape potentially unpleasant consequences; get away with a forbidden action (verb)

    Synonyms

    1. get away
    2. get by
    3. get off
    4. get out

  • a means or way of escaping (noun)

    Examples

    1. hard work was his escape from worry
    2. they installed a second hatch as an escape
    3. their escape route

  • an avoidance of danger or difficulty (noun)

    Examples

    1. that was a narrow escape

  • a plant originally cultivated but now growing wild (noun)

  • issue or leak, as from a small opening (verb)

    Examples

    1. Gas escaped into the bedroom

See definition of escape in Merriam Webster