Synonyms of avoid
1 preventDictionary • He had to take emergency action to avoid a disaster.
prevent • These methods prevent pregnancy.
stop • I think she really would have liked to stop everything right there.
frustrate • The government has deliberately frustrated his efforts.
hamper • I was hampered by a lack of information.
foil • A brave police chief foiled an armed robbery.
inhibit • Sugary drinks inhibit digestion.
avert • A fresh tragedy was narrowly averted yesterday.
thwart • They were doing all they could to thwart the terrorists.
intercept • Gunmen intercepted him on the way to the airport.
hinder • Landslides are continuing to hinder the arrival of relief supplies.
obstruct • Drivers who park illegally obstruct the flow of traffic.
impede • Fallen rocks are impeding the progress of rescue workers.
stave off • a desperate attempt to stave off defeat
forestall • They had done little to forestall the attack.
2 refrain from • He managed to avoid giving them an idea of what he was up to.
dodge • Thieves dodged the security system in the shop.
eschew • He eschewed publicity and avoided nightclubs.
escape • He was lucky to escape serious injury.
duck (out of) (informal)
fight shy of
3 eludeDictionary • She had to lock herself in to avoid him.
elude • The thieves managed to elude the police for months.
keep away from
keep aloof from
, seek out
4 keep away from • He had ample time to swerve and avoid the woman.
keep away from
dodge • He has repeatedly dodged the question.
shun • From that time forward everybody shunned him.
evade • He managed to evade the police for six months.
steer clear of
sidestep • He was trying to sidestep responsibility.
circumvent (formal) • Military rulers tried to circumvent the treaty.
bypass • Regulators worry that controls could easily be bypassed.
slip through the net
give a wide berth to
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avertIf you avert something unpleasant, you prevent it from happening.
• A fresh tragedy was narrowly averted yesterday.
bypassIf you bypass someone or something that you would normally have to get involved with, you ignore them, often because you want to achieve something more quickly.
• Regulators worry that controls could easily be bypassed.
circumvent (formal)If someone circumvents a rule or restriction, they avoid having to obey the rule or restriction, in a clever and perhaps dishonest way.
• Military rulers tried to circumvent the treaty.
Thesaurus for avoid from the Collins English Thesaurus