UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ɪˈskeɪp/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ɪˈskeɪp/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(i skāp)

Inflections of 'escape' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
v 3rd person singular
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
es•cape /ɪˈskeɪp/USA pronunciation   v.,  -caped, -cap•ing, n., adj. 
  1. to slip or get away, as from confinement or jail:[~ (+ from + object)]How did the mice escape from their cage?
  2. to avoid (capture, punishment, injury, or the like): [+ object]The town escaped the worst of the storm.[no object]managed to escape with only cuts and bruises.
  3. to issue from a confining enclosure, as a gas or liquid:[no object]Air escaped from the balloon.
  4. to fail to remember or notice:[+ object]His name escapes me at the moment.

  1. [countable] an act or instance of escaping.
  2. a way or means of escaping: [countable]We used the tunnel as an escape.[uncountable]The back door is your only means of escape.
  3. a way or means of avoiding reality:[countable]liked to read mystery stories as an escape.

adj. [before a noun]
  1. for or providing an escape:an escape hatch.
  2. Computingbeing a key on a microcomputer keyboard, often used to return to a previous program screen:Hit the escape key.
    escape, elude, evade mean to keep free of something. To escape is to succeed in keeping away from danger, from being chased or observed, etc.:to escape punishment. To elude is to slip through an apparently tight net, thus avoiding, often by a narrow margin, whatever threatens;
    it implies using skill or cleverness to baffle or fool:The fox eluded the hounds by his clever twists and turns. To evade is to turn aside from or go out of reach of a person or thing, usually by using a trick to direct attention elsewhere:to evade the police.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
es•cape  (i skāp),USA pronunciation v.,  -caped, -cap•ing, n., adj. 
  1. to slip or get away, as from confinement or restraint;
    gain or regain liberty:to escape from jail.
  2. to slip away from pursuit or peril;
    avoid capture, punishment, or any threatened evil.
  3. to issue from a confining enclosure, as a fluid.
  4. to slip away;
    fade:The words escaped from memory.
  5. Botany(of an originally cultivated plant) to grow wild.
  6. Rocketry(of a rocket, molecule, etc.) to achieve escape velocity.

  1. to slip away from or elude (pursuers, captors, etc.):He escaped the police.
  2. to succeed in avoiding (any threatened or possible danger or evil):She escaped capture.
  3. to elude (one's memory, notice, search, etc.).
  4. to fail to be noticed or recollected by (a person):Her reply escapes me.
  5. (of a sound or utterance) to slip from or be expressed by (a person, one's lips, etc.) inadvertently.

  1. an act or instance of escaping.
  2. the fact of having escaped.
  3. a means of escaping:We used the tunnel as an escape.
  4. avoidance of reality:She reads mystery stories as an escape.
  5. leakage, as of water or gas, from a pipe or storage container.
  6. Botanya plant that originated in cultivated stock and is now growing wild.
  7. Rocketry, Physics[Physics, Rocketry.]the act of achieving escape velocity.
  8. Computinga key (frequently labeled ESC) found on microcomputer keyboards and used for any of various functions, as to interrupt a command or move from one part of a program to another.

  1. for or providing an escape:an escape route.
es•capa•ble, adj. 
es•capeless, adj. 
es•caper, n. 
es•caping•ly, adv. 
  • Vulgar Latin *excappāre, verb, verbal derivative (with ex- ex-1) of Late Latin cappa hooded cloak (see cap1)
  • Old North French escaper (French échapper)
  • Middle English escapen, ascapen 1250–1300
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged flee, abscond, decamp.
    • 7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged dodge, flee, avoid.
      Escape, elude, evade mean to keep free of something. To
      escape is to succeed in keeping away from danger, pursuit, observation, etc.:to escape punishment.To
      elude implies baffling pursuers or slipping through an apparently tight net:The fox eluded the hounds.To
      evade is to turn aside from or go out of reach of a person or thing:to evade the police.See also  avoid. 
    • 12.See corresponding entry in Unabridged flight.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
escape /ɪˈskeɪp/ vb
  1. to get away or break free from (confinements, captors, etc)
  2. to manage to avoid (imminent danger, punishment, evil, etc)
  3. (intransitive) usually followed by from: (of gases, liquids, etc) to issue gradually, as from a crack or fissure; seep; leak
  4. (transitive) to elude; be forgotten by: the actual figure escapes me
  5. (transitive) to be articulated inadvertently or involuntarily: a roar escaped his lips
  1. the act of escaping or state of having escaped
  2. avoidance of injury, harm, etc
  3. a means or way of escape
  4. (as modifier): an escape route
  5. a means of distraction or relief, esp from reality or boredom
  6. a gradual outflow; leakage; seepage
  7. Also called: escape valve, escape cock a valve that releases air, steam, etc, above a certain pressure; relief valve or safety valve
  8. a plant that was originally cultivated but is now growing wild
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old Northern French escaper, from Vulgar Latin excappāre (unattested) to escape (literally: to remove one's cloak, hence free oneself), from ex-1 + Late Latin cappa cloak

esˈcapable adj esˈcaper n
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