"avoids" in the verb sense
stay clear from keep away from keep out of the way of someone or something
"Her former friends now avoid her"
2. debar, forefend, forfend, obviate, deflect, avert, head off, stave off, fend off, avoid, ward off
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"
4. keep off, avoid
refrain from certain foods or beverages
"I keep off drugs"
"During Ramadan, Muslims avoid tobacco during the day"
5. invalidate, annul, quash, void, avoid, nullify
"The contract was annulled"
"void a plea"
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