1. stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something

- Her former friends now avoid her

Definition categories: communication

2. prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening

- Let's avoid a confrontation

Similar word(s): avert, debar, deflect, forefend, forfend, obviate

Definition categories: social, forbid, foreclose, forestall, preclude, prevent

3. refrain from doing something

- He should avoid publishing his wife's memories

Definition categories: social

4. refrain from certain foods or beverages

- During Ramadan, Muslims avoid tobacco during the day

Definition categories: consumption, abstain, desist, refrain

5. declare invalid

Similar word(s): annul, invalidate, nullify, quash, void

Definition categories: social, cancel

Sentences with avoid as a verb:

- I try to avoid the company of gamblers.