Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “avoid”

See all translations

avoid

verb [T]  /əˈvɔɪd/ us  
to stay away from someone or something, or prevent something from happening, or not allow yourself to do something: Do you think Robert is avoiding me? I haven’t seen him for a month. I try to avoid going shopping on Saturdays because the stores are so crowded. If you want to lose weight, avoid eating between meals.
avoidance
noun [U]  /əˈvɔɪ·dəns/ us  
The avoidance of injury is more important than winning a game.
(Definition of avoid from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of avoid?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “avoid” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

luck out

to be very lucky

Word of the Day

Think long and hard; the language of decisions

by Liz Walter,
January 28, 2015
One of the best ways (perhaps the best way) to improve your English is to learn how words go together in phrases, idioms, or other patterns such as verb/noun or adjective/noun pairs (often called ‘collocations’). This blog looks at some useful phrases and collocations connected with the subject of decisions, something we

Read More 

micro pig noun

January 26, 2015
an extremely small pig, bred to be a pet Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

Read More