Definition of 'avoid'
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Should we cancel our cover to avoid being hit by yet another rise? Times, Sunday Times (2016)It is thought players will now have a curfew to return to the team hotel to avoid any future embarrassment. The Sun (2016)There are simple, practical steps we can take to avoid the muscle losses that can spell disaster for our waistline and our health. Times, Sunday Times (2016)With 12 top tricks, declarer hoped to set up a long club to avoid having to take the heart finesse. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Jamaica looked as if it would avoid a direct hit as the storm tracked northeast, away from the island and closer to Haiti. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Our priority in terms of tax is avoiding those hitting people on lower and middle incomes. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Take outside to avoid damage to surfaces. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Two grand seems a snip to avoid such embarrassment. Times, Sunday Times (2007)The horse takes avoiding action of its own and clears the car. Times, Sunday Times (2007)The best option is to shop carefully to avoid the potential waste happening in the first place. The Sun (2015)But only if if they can avoid being hit by any further injuries to key players. The Sun (2013)Another potential disaster avoided by quick thinking on the part of a sharp destroyer captain. ONE HUNDRED DAYS (2003)He may have been killed when the driver swerved to avoid her. The Sun (2009)Lighting will be restricted to avoid heat damage to fabrics or wood. Times, Sunday Times (2013)To avoid embarrassment an assistant would call his mobile phone as soon as he closed his eyes. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Opt for cheap veg such as carrots and potatoes and plan meals carefully to avoid unnecessary expense. The Sun (2014) Drivers can avoid a fine by turning off the route between cameras. The Sun (2008)For these two friends this was a comfortable way to avoid damage from probing sensitive insecurities. Christianity Today (2000)There may be attempts to persuade him to sacrifice this payment to avoid embarrassment. Times, Sunday Times (2008)It is important to structure investments carefully to avoid running out of cash. Times, Sunday Times (2016) Drivers also avoided the dreaded gridlock by leaving home earlier than normal. Times, Sunday Times (2012)But targeting them precisely and avoiding damage to surrounding healthy tissue have proved stumbling blocks. Times, Sunday Times (2007)It was said to be guarded and under lock and key to avoid further embarrassment. The Sun (2015)He had been driving on a remote road and was said to have swerved to avoid hitting a sheep. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Just enough to avoid political disaster. The Sun (2009)Did she try and take any avoiding action, braking or steering? Times, Sunday Times (2013)To avoid a disaster, eurozone governments may need to take a risk. Times, Sunday Times (2015)
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Translations for 'avoid'
British English: avoid /əˈvɔɪd/ VERB
If you avoid something unpleasant that might happen, you take action in order to prevent it from happening.
...emergency action to avoid a disaster.
- American English: avoid
- Arabic: يَتَجَنَّبُ
- Brazilian Portuguese: evitar
- Chinese: 避免
- Croatian: izbjegavati
- Czech: vyvarovat se
- Danish: undgå
- Dutch: vermijden
- European Spanish: evitar
- Finnish: välttää
- French: éviter
- German: vermeiden
- Greek: αποφεύγω
- Italian: evitare
- Japanese: 避ける
- Korean: 피하다
- Norwegian: unngå
- Polish: uniknąć
- European Portuguese: evitar
- Romanian: a evita
- Russian: избегать
- Spanish: evitar
- Swedish: undvika
- Thai: หลีกเลี่ยง
- Turkish: kaçınmak
- Ukrainian: уникати
- Vietnamese: tránh
Definition of avoid from the Collins English Dictionary
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