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noun escape pronunciation in American English /ɪˈskeɪp/ 
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pluralescapes
  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] an act of avoiding or getting away from a person, place, or bad situation
    escape from:

    He had no means of escape from his debts.

    chance/hope of escape:

    There was now only a slim chance of escape.

    make your escape:

    She was relieved to make her escape from the meeting.

    escape route:

    Make sure you are aware of possible escape routes from your hotel room.

  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] a way of helping yourself to stop thinking about an unpleasant situation that you are in

    He used alcohol as a means of escape.

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  3. 3
    [countable] an amount of gas or liquid that escapes from a container
    escape of:

    There was a rapid escape of gas.

  4. 5
    [uncountable] the escape key on a computer

    Press escape to return to the main menu.

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