v 1: stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of
someone or something; "Her former friends now avoid her"
2: prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening; "Let's
avoid a confrontation"; "head off a confrontation"; "avert
a strike" [syn: debar
off}, stave off
, fend off
, ward off
3: refrain from doing something; "She refrains from calling her
therapist too often"; "He should avoid publishing his
4: refrain from certain foods or beverages; "I keep off drugs";
"During Ramadan, Muslims avoid tobacco during the day"
[syn: keep off
5: declare invalid; "The contract was annulled"; "avoid a plea"