escape ['scape] n

see escape, v.

  1. Flight; [fig.] liberation; release from bondage; [the quoted form of the word may refer to the imperative form of the verb, meaning “Flee!”].
  2. Deliverance; respite; rescue; relief; release; [fig.] salvation; redemption.
  3. Departure; passage; disappearance; going away; [fig.] death; termination.
  4. Freedom; [fig.] play; recreation; diversion; pleasure; [metaphor] joy; delight; exhilaration.
  5. Avoidance; evasion.
  6. Adventure; escapade; risky situation; close call; near miss.

escape [-s, -ed, -ing, 'scaping] v

ME < L. ex, out & cappa, cloth.

  1. Retreat; move away.
  2. Fly; take flight; [fig.] collide; [word play on “scraping”] crash.
  3. Abandon; flee; break free; [fig.] die; expire.
  4. Evade; elude; avoid.
  5. Leave; depart; pass away.