refrain from certain foods or beverages; "I keep off drugs"; "During Ramadan, Muslims avoid tobacco during the day"
prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening; "Let's avoid a confrontation"; "head off a confrontation"; "avert a strike"
refrain from doing something; "She refrains from calling her therapist too often"; "He should avoid publishing his wife's memories"
declare invalid; "The contract was annulled"; "void a plea"
stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something; "Her former friends now avoid her"
escape, either physically or mentally; "The thief eluded the police"; "This difficult idea seems to evade her"; "The event evades explanation"
practice evasion; "This man always hesitates and evades"
avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues); "He dodged the issue"; "she skirted the problem"; "They tend to evade their responsibilities"; "he evaded the questions skillfully"
use cunning or deceit to escape or avoid; "The con man always evades"