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escape

es·cape

escape

 
pronunciation:
ih skeIp
parts of speech:
verb, noun
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part of speech: verb
inflections: escaped, escapes, escaping
definition 1: to get free.
The prisoner escaped from jail.
synonyms:
flee, run
similar words:
bolt, dash, depart, exit, slip away
definition 2: to get away; avoid being caught or harmed.
The dog escaped before we could catch him.
similar words:
dodge, duck, run
definition 3: to leak out.
Gas escaped from the stove and filled the room with an awful smell.
synonyms:
leak
similar words:
flow, gush, seep, spill, spurt, stream
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act or an instance of escaping.
The prisoner's escape from jail was not successful.Escape was impossible.
synonyms:
flight, getaway
similar words:
break, exodus, release, runaway
definition 2: a way of getting away from something that will harm.
Most apartment buildings have at least one fire escape.
synonyms:
exit
similar words:
opening, outlet
derivations: escapable (adj.), escaper (n.)
Word History
Escape comes from an early French word that means "to leave one's cape behind," which can happen when one is in a hurry.
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Word Parts
The word escape contains the following part:
es- Latin prefix that means out, out of, away
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The prefix es- is an assimilated form of the prefix ex-, used before roots beginning with a hard "c". See ex-.
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