Synonyms for (verb) avoid

Synonyms: keep off, avoid

Definition: refrain from certain foods or beverages

Usage: I keep off drugs; During Ramadan, Muslims avoid tobacco during the day

Similar words: desist, abstain, refrain

Definition: choose not to consume

Usage: I abstain from alcohol


Synonyms: forefend, forfend, fend off, stave off, avert, avoid, obviate, debar, deflect, ward off, head off

Definition: prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening

Usage: Let's avoid a confrontation; head off a confrontation; avert a strike

Similar words: forbid, foreclose, forestall, preclude, prevent

Definition: keep from happening or arising; make impossible

Usage: My sense of tact forbids an honest answer; Your role in the projects precludes your involvement in the competitive project


Synonyms: void, avoid, annul, invalidate, nullify, quash

Definition: declare invalid

Usage: The contract was annulled; void a plea

Similar words: strike down, cancel

Definition: declare null and void; make ineffective

Usage: Cancel the election results; strike down a law