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English definition of “avoid”


verb [T]    /əˈvɔɪd/
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    /əˈvɔɪ·dəns/ noun [U] The avoidance of injury is more important than winning a game.
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