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Verb (usu participle), Verb (intransitive)


Verb Flee has 1 sense


Fleev. i. [OE. fleon, fleen, AS. fleón (imperf. fleáh); akin to D. vlieden, OHG. & OS. fliohan, G. fliehen, Icel. fl (imperf. fl), Dan. flye, Sw. fly (imperf. flydde), Goth. . Flight.].
     To run away, as from danger or evil; to avoid in an alarmed or cowardly manner; to hasten off; -- usually with from. This is sometimes omitted, making the verb transitive.  [1913 Webster]
    " When great speed is to be indicated, we commonly use fly, not flee; as, fly hence to France with the utmost speed. “Whither shall I fly to 'scape their hands?” Shak. See Fly, v. i., 5."  [1913 Webster]
    "[He] cowardly fled, not having struck one stroke."  [1913 Webster]
    "Flee fornication."  [1913 Webster]
    "So fled his enemies my warlike father."  [1913 Webster]


Flee, v. (past and past part. fled)
1 intr. (often foll. by from, before) a run away. b seek safety by fleeing.
2 tr. run away from; leave abruptly; shun (fled the room; fled his attentions).
3 intr. vanish; cease; pass away.

fleer n.
OE fleon f. Gmc



abscond, absquatulate, avoid, bail out, be annihilated, be consumed, be destroyed, be gone, be no more, be wiped out, beat a retreat, beat it, blow, bolt, break, break away, break jail, break loose, bunk, cease, cease to be, cease to exist, clear out, cut and run, cut loose, cut out, decamp, dematerialize, depart, desert, die, die away, die out, disappear, dispel, disperse, dissipate, dissolve, do a fade-out, dwindle, elope, elude, erode, escape, escape prison, eschew, evade, evanesce, evaporate, exit, expire, fade, fade away, fade out, fly, fly the coop, fugitate, get away, get clear of, get free, get out, get out of, go, go AWOL, go away, hide, hightail, jump, jump bail, leave no trace, leave the scene, levant, make a getaway, make an exit, make off, make tracks, melt, melt away, pass, pass away, pass out, perish, peter out, quit, retire from sight, run, run along, run away, run away from, run away with, run for it, run off, scamper, scape, scoot, scram, screw, show the heels, shun, sink, sink away, skedaddle, skip, skip out, slip the cable, slip the collar, split, suffer an eclipse, take French leave, take flight, take off, take to flight, take wing, turn tail, vamoose, vanish, vanish from sight, waste, waste away, wear away




VB abstain, refrain, spare, not attempt, not do, maintain the even tenor of one's way, eschew, keep from, let alone, have nothing to do with, keep aloof keep off, stand aloof, stand off, hold aloof, hold off, take no part in, have no hand in, avoid, shun, steer clear of, keep clear of, fight shy of, keep one's distance, keep at a respectful distance, keep out of the way, get out of the way, evade, elude, turn away from, set one's face against, deny oneself, shrink back, hang back, hold back, draw back, recoil, retire, flinch, blink, blench, shy, shirk, dodge, parry, make way for, give place to, beat a retreat, turn tail, turn one's back, take to one's heels, runaway, run for one's life, cut and run, be off like a shot, fly, flee, fly away, flee away, run away from, take flight, take to flight, desert, elope, make off, scamper off, sneak off, shuffle off, sheer off, break away, tear oneself away, slip away, slink away, steel away, make away from, scamper away from, sneak away from, shuffle away from, sheer away from, slip cable, part company, turn one's heel, sneak out of, play truant, give one the go by, give leg bail, take French leave, slope, decamp, flit, bolt, abscond, levant, skedaddle, absquatulat, cut one's stick, walk one's chalks, show a light pair of heels, make oneself scarce, escape, go away, abandon, reject, lead one a dance, lead one a pretty dance, throw off the scent, play at hide and seek, Adj, unsought, unattempted, avoiding, neutral, shy of, elusive, evasive, fugitive, runaway, shy, wild.

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