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Synonyms of 'escape'

(verb) 
Definition
to get away or break free from (confinement)
A prisoner has escaped from a jail in Northern England.
Synonyms
get away
They tried to stop him but he got away.
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flee
He slammed the bedroom door behind him and fled.
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take off
He took off at once and headed home.
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fly
I'll have to fly.
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bolt
They caught the horse 200 yards from where it had bolted.
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slip away
He slipped away in the early hours to exile in France.
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abscond
A dozen inmates have absconded from the jail in the past year.
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decamp
Bugsy decided to decamp to Hollywood from New York.
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hook it (slang)
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do a runner (slang)
The accountant did a runner.
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do a bunk (British, slang)
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fly the coop (US, Canadian, informal)
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make a break for it
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slip through your fingers
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skedaddle (informal)
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take a powder (US, Canadian, slang)
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make your getaway
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take it on the lam (US, Canadian, slang)
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break free or out
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make or effect your escape
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run away or off
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do a Skase (Australian, informal)
(verb) 
Definition
to manage to avoid (something dangerous, unpleasant, or difficult)
He was lucky to escape serious injury.
Synonyms
avoid
He had ample time to swerve and avoid the hedgehog.
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miss
We left early, hoping to miss the worst of the traffic.
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evade
He managed to evade the police for six months.
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dodge
Thieves dodged the security system in the shop.
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shun
From that time forward everybody shunned him.
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elude
The thieves managed to elude the police for months.
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duck (informal)
He had ducked the confrontation.
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steer clear of
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circumvent (formal)
Military rulers tried to circumvent the treaty.
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body-swerve
(verb) 
Definition
to elude
an actor whose name escapes me for the moment
Synonyms
be forgotten by
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be beyond (someone)
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baffle
An apple tree producing square fruit is baffling experts.
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elude
The appropriate word eluded him.
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puzzle
What puzzles me is why nobody has complained before now.
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stump
Well, maybe I stumped you on that one.
(verb) 
Definition
(of gases, liquids, etc.) to leak gradually
Leave a vent open to let some of the moist air escape.
Synonyms
leak out
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flow out
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drain away
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discharge
The resulting salty water will be discharged at sea.
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gush out
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seep out
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exude
Nearby was a factory which exuded a pungent smell.
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spurt out
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spill out
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pour forth
(noun) 
Definition
the act of escaping or state of having escaped
He made his escape from the country.
Synonyms
getaway
The thieves made their getaway on a stolen motorcycle.
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flight
his secret flight into exile
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break-out
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bolt
a bolt for freedom
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decampment
(noun) 
Definition
a way of avoiding something difficult, dangerous, or unpleasant
his narrow escape from bankruptcy
Synonyms
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evasion
an evasion of responsibility
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elusion
(noun) 
Definition
a means of relaxation or relief
For me television is an escape.
Synonyms
relaxation
You should be able to find the odd moment for relaxation.
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relief
a self-help programme which can give lasting relief
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recreation
Saturday afternoon is for recreation and outings.
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distraction
every conceivable distraction from shows to bouncy castles
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diversion
Finger-painting is an excellent diversion.
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pastime
His favourite pastime is golf.
(noun) 
Definition
a leakage of gas or liquid
You should report any suspected gas escape immediately.
Synonyms
leak
It's thought a gas leak may have caused the blast.
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emission
the emission of gases such as carbon dioxide
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discharge
They develop a fever and a watery discharge from the eyes.
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gush
I heard a gush of water.
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outflow
an outflow of fresh water from a river
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leakage
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seepage
The industry's chemical seepage has caused untold damage.
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emanation
The human body is surrounded by an aura of infrared emanations.
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efflux
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outpour

Additional synonyms

in the sense of abscond
Definition
to run away unexpectedly
A dozen inmates have absconded from the jail in the past year.
Synonyms
fly,
clear out,
flit (informal),
break free or out,
hook it (slang),
do a runner (slang),
steal away,
sneak away,
do a bunk (British, slang),
fly the coop (US, Canadian, informal),
skedaddle (informal),
take a powder (US, Canadian, slang),
go on the lam (US, Canadian, slang),
make your getaway,
do a Skase (Australian, informal),
make or effect your escape
in the sense of baffle
Definition
to perplex
An apple tree producing square fruit is baffling experts.
in the sense of bolt
Definition
(of a horse) to run away without control
They caught the horse 200 yards from where it had bolted.
Synonyms
make a break (for it),
do a runner (slang),
fly the coop (US, Canadian, informal),
take a powder (US, Canadian, slang),
take it on the lam (US, Canadian, slang)

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