Definition of escapee in English:


Pronunciation: /ɪˈskeɪpiː//ˌɛskeɪˈpiː/


  • A person who has escaped from somewhere, especially prison.

    • ‘As to his being an escapee from custody, I have serious doubts whether that was so.’
    • ‘One night he encounters an escapee from a concentration camp.’
    • ‘We try to focus primarily on missing children, dangerous prison escapees and dangerous fugitives.’
    • ‘The nightly news was on, showing her picture, telling how she was a prison escapee who was armed and dangerous.’
    • ‘A spokesman for the Home Office said he was an absconder rather than an escapee, as he was officially allowed out of prison on licence.’
    • ‘The film concerns two escapees from a chain gang, one black and one white, who are forced to cooperate with one another to avoid capture.’
    • ‘He is an escapee from a prison in Venezuela, where he was incarcerated for blowing up an Air Cubana passenger plane in 1976, killing 73.’
    • ‘It's a story about a female prison escapee who will do anything to evade recapture.’
    • ‘Forces must also take measures to quickly welcome child-soldier escapees and enemy prisoners of war.’
    • ‘He said that during follow-up operations 40 of the escapees were recaptured within a few kilometres of the prison.’
    • ‘The incident was sparked off at about noon by a sighting in Colchester of a prison escapee.’
    • ‘The escapees sawed through bars in the exercise yard to gain their freedom.’
    • ‘They would be trying to spot and capture the escapee, who was jailed after smashing his way into a woman's home as she lay in bed.’
    • ‘Bank robber and prison escapee John Matthews talks candidly about his career.’
    • ‘A woman who gave birth prematurely after she was held up at gunpoint by a prison escapee has successfully sued the government for negligence.’
    • ‘Ray and Max are part of an underground scheme set up to create new lives in Canada for escapees from these prisons.’
    • ‘If one child attempts to escape, the rebels force the other abducted children to kill the would-be escapee, usually with clubs or machetes.’
    • ‘I figure they want to return the escapee to the prison.’
    • ‘Constables in Humberside, England, got a tip that a prison escapee was living in their town.’
    • ‘Some escapees have found it exceedingly easy to walk away from prison and return to society.’
    runaway, escaper, jailbreaker, fugitive, absconder, truant, deserter, defector
    refugee, displaced person, dp, asylum seeker
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