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Before a game, I avoid having a heavy meal so that I don't feel sleepy at the board. You eat to be healthy, and that generally takes care of everything. Also, you can't be too finicky, since at tournaments you tend to eat at restaurants here and there. But, as long as you're eating sensibly, it's all good.
Viswanathan Anand

Meaning of "avoid" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD AVOID

From Anglo-French avoider, from Old French esvuidier, from vuidier to empty, void.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF AVOID

avoid  [əˈvɔɪd] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF AVOID

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Avoid is a verb.
The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb avoid in English.

WHAT DOES AVOID MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of avoid in the English dictionary

The first definition of avoid in the dictionary is to keep out of the way of. Other definition of avoid is to refrain from doing. Avoid is also to prevent from happening.


CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO AVOID

PRESENT

Present
I avoid
you avoid
he/she/it avoids
we avoid
you avoid
they avoid
Present continuous
I am avoiding
you are avoiding
he/she/it is avoiding
we are avoiding
you are avoiding
they are avoiding
Present perfect
I have avoided
you have avoided
he/she/it has avoided
we have avoided
you have avoided
they have avoided
Present perfect continuous
I have been avoiding
you have been avoiding
he/she/it has been avoiding
we have been avoiding
you have been avoiding
they have been avoiding
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I avoided
you avoided
he/she/it avoided
we avoided
you avoided
they avoided
Past continuous
I was avoiding
you were avoiding
he/she/it was avoiding
we were avoiding
you were avoiding
they were avoiding
Past perfect
I had avoided
you had avoided
he/she/it had avoided
we had avoided
you had avoided
they had avoided
Past perfect continuous
I had been avoiding
you had been avoiding
he/she/it had been avoiding
we had been avoiding
you had been avoiding
they had been avoiding
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will avoid
you will avoid
he/she/it will avoid
we will avoid
you will avoid
they will avoid
Future continuous
I will be avoiding
you will be avoiding
he/she/it will be avoiding
we will be avoiding
you will be avoiding
they will be avoiding
Future perfect
I will have avoided
you will have avoided
he/she/it will have avoided
we will have avoided
you will have avoided
they will have avoided
Future perfect continuous
I will have been avoiding
you will have been avoiding
he/she/it will have been avoiding
we will have been avoiding
you will have been avoiding
they will have been avoiding
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would avoid
you would avoid
he/she/it would avoid
we would avoid
you would avoid
they would avoid
Conditional continuous
I would be avoiding
you would be avoiding
he/she/it would be avoiding
we would be avoiding
you would be avoiding
they would be avoiding
Conditional perfect
I would have avoid
you would have avoid
he/she/it would have avoid
we would have avoid
you would have avoid
they would have avoid
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been avoiding
you would have been avoiding
he/she/it would have been avoiding
we would have been avoiding
you would have been avoiding
they would have been avoiding
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you avoid
we let´s avoid
you avoid
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to avoid
Past participle
avoided
Present Participle
avoiding
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH AVOID


android
ˈændrɔɪd
annoyed
əˈnɔɪd
Boyd
bɔɪd
confervoid
kənˈfɜːvɔɪd
devoid
dɪˈvɔɪd
factoid
ˈfæktɔɪd
Freud
frɔɪd
humanoid
ˈhjuːməˌnɔɪd
Lloyd
lɔɪd
naevoid
ˈniːvɔɪd
nevoid
ˈniːvɔɪd
obovoid
ɒbˈəʊvɔɪd
ovoid
ˈəʊvɔɪd
paranoid
ˈpærəˌnɔɪd
Polaroid
ˈpəʊləˌrɔɪd
steroid
ˈstɪərɔɪd
thyroid
ˈθaɪrɔɪd
unconvoyed
ʌnˈkɒnvɔɪd
unemployed
ˌʌnɪmˈplɔɪd
void
vɔɪd

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE AVOID

avocation
avocational
avocationally
avocet
avodire
Avogadro
Avogadro constant
Avogadro´s constant
Avogadro´s hypothesis
Avogadro´s law
Avogadro´s number
avoidable
avoidably
avoidance
avoidant
avoider
avoirdupois
avoirdupois pound
avoirdupois weight
avoision

WORDS THAT END LIKE AVOID

amyloid
asteroid
benzenoid
celluloid
colloid
corticosteroid
dermoid
erythroid
hyperthyroid
lymphoid
mucoid
myeloid
opioid
pemphigoid
rheumatoid
rhomboid
sinusoid
solenoid
trapezoid
typhoid

Synonyms and antonyms of avoid in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «AVOID»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «avoid» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of avoid

Translation of «avoid» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF AVOID

Find out the translation of avoid to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of avoid from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «avoid» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

避免
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

evitar
570 millions of speakers

English

avoid
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

बचने
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

يَتَجَنَّبُ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

избегать
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

evitar
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

এড়াতে
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

éviter
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Elakkan
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

vermeiden
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

避ける
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

피하다
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Eling
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

tránh
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

தவிர்க்க
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

टाळा
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

önlemek
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

evitare
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

uniknąć
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

уникати
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

a evita
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

αποφεύγω
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

vermy
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

undvika
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

unngå
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of avoid

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «AVOID»

The term «avoid» is very widely used and occupies the 3.253 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «AVOID» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about avoid

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10 QUOTES WITH «AVOID»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word avoid.
1
Lily Aldridge
I think it's really important to mix cardio with toning, so I love boxing and then add in Pilates or ballet to keep me long and lean and avoid bulking up.
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Viswanathan Anand
Before a game, I avoid having a heavy meal so that I don't feel sleepy at the board. You eat to be healthy, and that generally takes care of everything. Also, you can't be too finicky, since at tournaments you tend to eat at restaurants here and there. But, as long as you're eating sensibly, it's all good.
3
Jennifer Aniston
I was told to avoid the business all together because of the rejection. People would say to me, 'Don't you want to have a normal job and a normal family?' I guess that would be good advice for some people, but I wanted to act.
4
Richard Armitage
Let's be clear: Neither Secretary Powell or I opposed the notion of removing Saddam Hussein by force, but we wanted to avoid the war if we could. But if we couldn't, the notion of removing Saddam Hussein from the scene seemed eminently sensible, given that you had, what, 16 or so U.N. Security Council resolutions basically saying the same thing.
5
Steve Berry
History serves as a model not only of who and what we are to be, we learn what to champion and what to avoid.
6
Cecily Brown
I often avoid using the terms 'figuration' and 'abstraction' because I've always tried to have it both ways. I want the experience of looking at one of my paintings to be similar to the process of making the painting - you go from the big picture to something very intense and detailed, and then back again.
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L. Sprague de Camp
In writing a series of stories about the same characters, plan the whole series in advance in some detail, to avoid contradictions and inconsistencies.
8
Orson Scott Card
The education that prepared me was my general education classes, which I tried to avoid when I was a stupid undergraduate, but which gave me the foundation of general knowledge that makes a career as a writer possible.
9
Bertie Carvel
Actors should avoid talking about their personal lives.
10
Wilt Chamberlain
They were so clever finding ways to get me the ball. They had to do more than just give up open shots. They had to avoid fouls and pass me the ball in traffic.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «AVOID»

Discover the use of avoid in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to avoid and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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How to Avoid Huge Ships
This book will tell you how to do so quickly. Conscientious skippers are wise to read this book and discover if a ship's radar will pick up a small boat at night.
John W. Trimmer, 1993
2
How to Avoid Falling in Love with a Jerk
I heartily recommend it." --Harville Hendrix, Ph.D., author of Getting the Love You Want and Keeping the Love You Find "Don't be part of the 'where-was-this-book-when-I-needed-it?' crowd. It's not too late--read it now!
John Van Epp, 2008
3
Avoid Boring People: Lessons from a Life in Science
It’s an irreverent romp through Watson’s colorful career and an indispensable guide to anyone interested in nurturing the life of the mind. From the Trade Paperback edition.
James D. Watson, 2009
4
How to Avoid Marrying a Jerk: The Foolproof Way to Follow ...
Follow the steps in How to Avoid Marrying a Jerk--a proven program used by thousands of singles worldwide--and break the destructive dating patterns that have prevented your happiness in the past.
John Van Epp, 2006
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What Makes Love Last?: How to Build Trust and Avoid Betrayal
Now, Dr. Gottman offers surprising findings and advice on the characteristic that is at the heart of all relationships: Trust. Dr. Gottman has developed a formula that precisely calculates any couple's loyalty level.
John Mordechai Gottman, John Gottman, Nan Silver, 2013
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20 Kinds of People You Should Avoid: Exposing Wrong People ...
How do you assess the quality of the relationships around you? This is the book that will help and assist you to expose wrong people around you and how you can deal with them. That's why you should own this book today!
Bernard Branson, 2012
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187 Men to Avoid: A Survival Guide for the Romantically ...
Men who live with their mothers... men who pretend they know what theyíre doing when they smell the cork... men who have past lives... men who write self-help books for women.
Dan Brown, 2006
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8 Ways to Avoid Probate
In plain English, it explains: setting up payable on death accounts naming beneficiaries, including children, institutions, and multiple beneficiaries naming beneficiaries for retirement accounts, vehicles, real estate, and stocks and bonds ...
Mary Randolph, 2014
9
Common Errors in Statistics (and How to Avoid Them)
The Fourth Edition features newly added topics, including: Baseline data Detecting fraud Linear regression versus linear behavior Case control studies Minimum reporting requirements Non-random samples The book concludes with a glossary that ...
Phillip I. Good, James W. Hardin, 2012
10
Purchasing Scams and how to Avoid Them
Purchasing scams are largely overlooked but can cost companies thousands of pounds - this practical book provides details of common scams and what to do about them.
Trevor Kitching, 2001

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «AVOID»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term avoid is used in the context of the following news items.
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Pitfalls to Avoid When You Inherit a Team
Taking over as the leader of an existing team can be daunting. The team's response to your new processes or style can make you feel a little ... «blogs.hbr.org, Jul 15»
2
Questor share tip: Avoid Rolls-Royce on cash squeeze
Questor share tip: Avoid Rolls-Royce on cash squeeze. The FTSE 100 engine-maker warns on ... Questor says Avoid. Shares in Rolls-Royce ... «Telegraph.co.uk, Jul 15»
3
Man killed after SUV swerves to avoid deer near Priddis
A man in his 20s was killed when he attempted to manoeuvre his vehicle to avoid hitting a deer near Priddis on Monday morning. The man was ... «Calgary Herald, Jul 15»
4
US stocks slip early, as global markets avoid dramatic declines
After an initial steep decline, U.S. stocks rebounded in midmorning trading Monday after Greek voters soundly rejected European creditors' ... «Washington Post, Jul 15»
5
On deck: Detroit Tigers avoid Seattle ace Felix Hernandez in key …
On deck: Detroit Tigers avoid Seattle ace Felix Hernandez in key series against struggling Mariners. Felix Hernandez. Seattle Mariners starting ... «MLive.com, Jul 15»
6
How to avoid 10 common business video mistakes
Video and marketing experts share tips on how not to make a business video and what steps organizations should take to ensure people will ... «CIO, Jul 15»
7
Church seeks to stop performing legal ceremonies to avoid 'evil' gay …
"In this case the positive reason for our co-operation with the Marriage Act would have been removed, and we would be better to avoid ... «SBS, Jul 15»
8
Brain-Training Game Helps Overweight Avoid Unhealthy Food
A computer brain-training game that aims to modify an individual's response to unhealthy snack foods has reduced calorie intake and facilitated ... «Medscape, Jul 15»
9
How can Labour avoid being a useless Opposition in this week's …
One of the toughest jobs in politics is responding to a Budget. It's the job of the leader of the Opposition, and given the Labour Party has still got ... «Spectator.co.uk, Jul 15»
10
China stocks rise after Beijing acts to avoid crash
China stocks remained volatile on Monday, despite a series of dramatic steps by officials over the weekend designed to support markets. «CNNMoney, Jul 15»

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