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Meaning of escape

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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

      n 1: the act of escaping physically; "he made his escape from
           the mental hospital"; "the canary escaped from its cage";
           "his flight was an indication of his guilt" [syn: {escape},
      2: an inclination to retreat from unpleasant realities through
         diversion or fantasy; "romantic novels were her escape from
         the stress of daily life"; "his alcohol problem was a form of
         escapism" [syn: {escape}, {escapism}]
      3: nonperformance of something distasteful (as by deceit or
         trickery) that you are supposed to do; "his evasion of his
         clear duty was reprehensible"; "that escape from the
         consequences is possible but unattractive" [syn: {evasion},
         {escape}, {dodging}]
      4: an avoidance of danger or difficulty; "that was a narrow
      5: a means or way of escaping; "hard work was his escape from
         worry"; "they installed a second hatch as an escape"; "their
         escape route"
      6: a plant originally cultivated but now growing wild
      7: the discharge of a fluid from some container; "they tried to
         stop the escape of gas from the damaged pipe"; "he had to
         clean up the leak" [syn: {escape}, {leak}, {leakage},
      8: a valve in a container in which pressure can build up (as a
         steam boiler); it opens automatically when the pressure
         reaches a dangerous level [syn: {safety valve}, {relief
         valve}, {escape valve}, {escape cock}, {escape}]
      v 1: run away from confinement; "The convicted murderer escaped
           from a high security prison" [syn: {escape}, {get away},
           {break loose}]
      2: fail to experience; "Fortunately, I missed the hurricane"
         [syn: {miss}, {escape}]
      3: escape potentially unpleasant consequences; get away with a
         forbidden action; "She gets away with murder!"; "I couldn't
         get out from under these responsibilities" [syn: {get off},
         {get away}, {get by}, {get out}, {escape}]
      4: be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by; "What you
         are seeing in him eludes me" [syn: {elude}, {escape}]
      5: remove oneself from a familiar environment, usually for
         pleasure or diversion; "We escaped to our summer house for a
         few days"; "The president of the company never manages to get
         away during the summer" [syn: {escape}, {get away}]
      6: flee; take to one's heels; cut and run; "If you see this man,
         run!"; "The burglars escaped before the police showed up"
         [syn: {scat}, {run}, {scarper}, {turn tail}, {lam}, {run
         away}, {hightail it}, {bunk}, {head for the hills}, {take to
         the woods}, {escape}, {fly the coop}, {break away}]
      7: issue or leak, as from a small opening; "Gas escaped into the

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