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Meaning of “escape” in the English Dictionary

"escape" in British English

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escapeverb

uk   us   /ɪˈskeɪp/
  • escape verb (GET FREE)

B1 [I or T] to get ​free from something, or to ​avoid something: Two ​prisoners have escaped. A ​lion has escaped fromitscage. She was ​lucky to escape ​seriousinjury. He narrowly (= only just) escaped a ​fine. His name escapes me (= I have ​forgotten his ​name). Nothing ​important escapes her notice/​attention.

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escapenoun

uk   us   /ɪˈskeɪp/
  • escape noun (GET FREE)

C1 [C or U] the ​act of ​successfully getting out of a ​place or a ​dangerous or ​badsituation: He made his escape on the back of a ​motorcycle. an escape route They had a ​narrow escape (= only just ​avoidedinjury or ​death) when ​theircarcrashed. [C] a ​loss that ​happens by ​accident: an escape of ​radioactivity

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  • escape noun (COMPUTER)

[U] (also escape key, written abbreviation Esc) specialized the ​key on a ​computerkeyboard that ​allows you to ​leave a ​particularscreen and ​return to the ​previous one or to ​interrupt a ​process: Press Esc to ​return to the ​mainmenu.
(Definition of escape from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"escape" in American English

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escapeverb [I/T]

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

escapenoun [C/U]

 us   /ɪˈskeɪp/
the ​act or ​possibility of ​becomingfree or getting away from a ​place where you are ​kept esp. by ​force, or of ​avoiding a ​dangeroussituation: [C] The ​blastknocked me down – it was a ​narrow escape (= I was ​almosthurtbadly). An escape is also an ​unintentionalloss: [C] an escape of ​radioactivefuel
(Definition of escape from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"escape" in Business English

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escapenoun [U]

uk   us   /ɪˈskeɪp/ (often Escape, also escape key, abbreviation Esc) IT
the ​key on a ​computerkeyboard which ​allows you to ​leave a particular ​screen and ​return to the previous one or to interrupt a ​process: Press Escape to ​return to the ​mainmenu. To ​exit the ​program, use Esc.
(Definition of escape from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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