escape (Noun) — The act of escaping physically. ex. "he made his escape from the mental hospital"
escape (Noun) — An inclination to retreat from unpleasant realities through diversion or fantasy. ex. "romantic novels were her escape from the stress of daily life"
escape (Noun) — Nonperformance of something distasteful (as by deceit or trickery) that you are supposed to do. ex. "that escape from the consequences is possible but unattractive"
escape (Noun) — An avoidance of danger or difficulty. ex. "that was a narrow escape"
escape (Noun) — A means or way of escaping. ex. "hard work was his escape from worry" ex. "they installed a second hatch as an escape" ex. "their escape route"
escape (Noun) — A plant originally cultivated but now growing wild.
escape (Noun) — The discharge of a fluid from some container. ex. "they tried to stop the escape of gas from the damaged pipe"
escape (Noun) — A valve in a container in which pressure can build up (as a steam boiler); it opens automatically when the pressure reaches a dangerous level.
escape (Noun) — (computing) a key on most modern computer keyboards (often abbreviated "Esc"); typically programmed to cancel the current operation or close the current window.
escape (Verb) — Run away from confinement. ex. "The convicted murderer escaped from a high security prison"
escape (Verb) — Fail to experience. ex. "Fortunately, I escaped the hurricane"
escape (Verb) — Escape potentially unpleasant consequences; get away with a forbidden action. ex. "She escapes with murder!"
escape (Verb) — Be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by. ex. "What you are seeing in him escapes me"
escape (Verb) — Remove oneself from a familiar environment, usually for pleasure or diversion. ex. "We escaped to our summer house for a few days"
escape (Verb) — Flee; take to one's heels; cut and run. ex. "The burglars escaped before the police showed up"
escape (Verb) — Issue or leak, as from a small opening. ex. "Gas escaped into the bedroom"
escape (Verb) — (computing) change characters that normally have a special meaning so that they appear as literal characters rather than having their meaning applied, e.g. by prefixing the character with a special 'escape' character. ex. "often quotation marks are escaped by prefixing with a backslash"