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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.
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