Synonyms of escape in English:


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1‘he had escaped from prison’


get away, get out, run away, run off, break out, break free, get free, break loose, make a break for it, bolt, clear out, flee, fly, take flight, make off, take off, decamp, abscond, take to one's heels, make a escape, make one's escape, make good one's escape, make a getaway, make one's getaway, beat a retreat, beat a hasty retreat, show a clean pair of heels, run for it, make a run for it

disappear, vanish, slip away, steal away, sneak away

get out of someone's clutches

informal bust, do a bunk, do a moonlight flit, cut and run, skedaddle, skip, head for the hills, do a disappearing act, do a vanishing act, fly the coop, take French leave, scarper, vamoose, hightail it, leg it

British informal do a runner, hook it

North American informal take a powder, go on the lam


be captured, be imprisoned

2‘he escaped his pursuers’


get away from, escape from, elude, avoid, dodge, leave behind, shake off, fend off, keep at arm's length, keep out of someone's way, steer clear of, give someone a wide berth

informal give someone the slip

archaic bilk


be caught by

3‘all three drivers escaped injury’


avoid, evade, dodge, elude, miss, cheat, trick, sidestep, circumvent, skirt, keep out of the way of, bypass, shun, steer clear of, shirk

informal duck



4‘a lethal gas escaped from a pesticide factory’


leak, leak out, spill, spill out, seep, seep out, ooze, ooze out, exude, discharge, emanate, issue, flow, flow out, pour, pour out, gush, gush out, drip, drain, bleed

stream, spurt, spout, squirt, spew, jet


1‘he had been at large since his escape from prison’


getaway, breakout, bolt for freedom, running away, flight, bolting, absconding, decamping, fleeing, flit

disappearance, vanishing act

informal, dated springing


capture, imprisonment

2‘a narrow escape from death’


avoidance of, evasion of, dodging of, eluding of, circumvention of

informal ducking of

rare elusion of

3‘a gas escape’


leak, leakage, spill, seepage, drip, dribble, discharge, emanation, issue, flow, outflow, outpouring, gush

stream, spurt, spout, squirt, jet

technical efflux

4‘boarding school seemed to me an escape from boredom’


distraction, diversion, interruption