Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “escape”

escape

verb [I/T]  /ɪˈskeɪp/ us  
to become free or get free from, or to avoid something: [I] to escape from prison/a burning house [T] The book’s faults have not escaped the notice of (= not been avoided being noticed by) critics.

escape

noun [C/U]  /ɪˈskeɪp/ us  
the act or possibility of becoming free or getting away from a place where you are kept esp. by force, or of avoiding a dangerous situation: [C] The blast knocked me down – it was a narrow escape (= I was almost hurt badly). An escape is also an unintentional loss: [C] an escape of radioactive fuel
(Definition of escape from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of escape?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Creating a distraction, but you might be interested in these topics from the Attention and care topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More American English definitions for “escape”

Definitions of “escape” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

debut

the occasion when someone performs or presents something to the public for the first time

Word of the Day

Come on – you can do it! Phrasal verbs with ‘come’.

by Liz Walter​,
November 19, 2014
As part of an occasional series on the tricky subject of phrasal verbs, this blog looks at ones formed with the verb ‘come’. If you are reading this blog, I’m sure you already know come from, as it is one of the first things you learn in class: I come from Scotland/Spain.

Read More 

ped-text verb

November 24, 2014
to text someone while walking I’m ped-texting, I’m looking down at my phone, 75 percent of the time.

Read More