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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Avoid  \A*void"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Avoided};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Avoiding}.]  [OF.  esvuidier  es  (L.  ex)  +  vuidier  voidier 
  to  empty.  See  {Void},  a.] 
  1.  To  empty.  [Obs.]  --Wyclif. 
 
  2.  To  emit  or  throw  out  to  void;  as  to  avoid  excretions. 
  [Obs.]  --Sir  T.  Browne. 
 
  3.  To  quit  or  evacuate;  to  withdraw  from  [Obs.] 
 
  Six  of  us  only  stayed,  and  the  rest  avoided  the 
  room  --Bacon. 
 
  4.  To  make  void;  to  annul  or  vacate;  to  refute. 
 
  How  can  these  grants  of  the  king's  be  avoided? 
  --Spenser. 
 
  5.  To  keep  away  from  to  keep  clear  of  to  endeavor  no  to 
  meet  to  shun;  to  abstain  from  as  to  avoid  the  company 
  of  gamesters. 
 
  What  need  a  man  forestall  his  date  of  grief.  And  run 
  to  meet  what  he  would  most  avoid  ?  --Milton. 
 
  He  carefully  avoided  every  act  which  could  goad  them 
  into  open  hostility.  --Macaulay. 
 
  6.  To  get  rid  of  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
 
  7.  (Pleading)  To  defeat  or  evade;  to  invalidate.  Thus  in  a 
  replication,  the  plaintiff  may  deny  the  defendant's  plea, 
  or  confess  it  and  avoid  it  by  stating  new  matter. 
  --Blackstone. 
 
  Syn:  To  escape;  elude;  evade;  eschew. 
 
  Usage:  To  {Avoid},  {Shun}.  Avoid  in  its  commonest  sense 
  means  to  keep  clear  of  an  extension  of  the  meaning, 
  to  withdraw  one's  self  from  It  denotes  care  taken  not 
  to  come  near  or  in  contact  as  to  avoid  certain 
  persons  or  places.  Shun  is  a  stronger  term,  implying 
  more  prominently  the  idea  of  intention.  The  words  may 
  however,  in  many  cases  be  interchanged. 
 
  No  man  can  pray  from  his  heart  to  be  kept  from 
  temptation,  if  the  take  no  care  of  himself  to 
  avoid  it  --Mason. 
 
  So  Chanticleer,  who  never  saw  a  fox,  Yet  shunned 
  him  as  a  sailor  shuns  the  rocks.  --Dryden. 




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