Meaning of “fugitive” in the English Dictionary

"fugitive" in British English

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fugitivenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfjuː.dʒə.tɪv/ us /ˈfjuː.dʒə.t̬ɪv/

a person who is running away or hiding from the police or a dangerous situation:

Thousands of fugitives are fleeing from the war-torn area.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were fugitives from justice (= they ran away to avoid being tried in court).

fugitiveadjective

uk /ˈfjuː.dʒə.tɪv/ us /ˈfjuː.dʒə.t̬ɪv/

(Definition of “fugitive” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fugitive" in American English

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fugitivenoun [ C ]

us /ˈfju·dʒə·t̬ɪv/

a person who is running away, esp. from the police:

Three men escaped from the prison and were being sought as fugitives.

(Definition of “fugitive” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)