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, vamoose, hightail it
British informal do a runner, hook it, scarper, leg 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