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verb [transitive] avoid pronunciation in American English /əˈvɔɪd/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyavoid
he/she/itavoids
present participleavoiding
past tenseavoided
past participleavoided
 
  1. 1
    to try not to go near someone or something
    We went early to avoid the crowds.
    Avoid that area after dark.
    1. a.
      to make certain that you do not meet or communicate with someone
      We crossed the road to avoid him.
      avoid doing something: I want to avoid speaking to him until I’ve got more details.
  2. 2
    to try to prevent something from happening
    Try to avoid confrontation.
    avoid doing something: I want to avoid being drawn into the argument.
  3. 3
    to choose not to do something in order to achieve a better result
    When taking this medication it is advisable to avoid alcohol.
    avoid doing something: Where possible, we have avoided using technical terms.
    1. a.
      to choose not to do something because it is unpleasant or not convenient
      He hates cutting the grass and will avoid it whenever he can.
      avoid doing something: She’s just avoiding having to go back to work.

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