Definition of escapee in English:


Pronunciation /ɪˈskeɪpiː//ˌɛskeɪˈpiː/


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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The escapees sawed through bars in the exercise yard to gain their freedom.’
    • ‘The incident was sparked off at about noon by a sighting in Colchester of a prison escapee.’
    • ‘A woman who gave birth prematurely after she was held up at gunpoint by a prison escapee has successfully sued the government for negligence.’
    • ‘One night he encounters an escapee from a concentration camp.’
    • ‘If one child attempts to escape, the rebels force the other abducted children to kill the would-be escapee, usually with clubs or machetes.’
    • ‘He said that during follow-up operations 40 of the escapees were recaptured within a few kilometres of the prison.’
    • ‘Some escapees have found it exceedingly easy to walk away from prison and return to society.’
    • ‘Bank robber and prison escapee John Matthews talks candidly about his career.’
    • ‘We try to focus primarily on missing children, dangerous prison escapees and dangerous fugitives.’
    • ‘Forces must also take measures to quickly welcome child-soldier escapees and enemy prisoners of war.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's a story about a female prison escapee who will do anything to evade recapture.’
    • ‘Constables in Humberside, England, got a tip that a prison escapee was living in their town.’
    • ‘Ray and Max are part of an underground scheme set up to create new lives in Canada for escapees from these prisons.’
    • ‘The nightly news was on, showing her picture, telling how she was a prison escapee who was armed and dangerous.’
    • ‘I figure they want to return the escapee to the prison.’
    • ‘As to his being an escapee from custody, I have serious doubts whether that was so.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    runaway, escaper, jailbreaker, fugitive, absconder, truant, deserter, defector
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