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avoid (1, 2, 3 common 16th-17th c.; 4 is a legal term)
1. to get rid of Wiv. III. v. 155, AYL. I. i. 27, Troil. II. ii. 65 “How may I avoid . . . The wife I chose?”
2. to withdraw, depart, retire Tp. IV. i. 142, Wint. I. ii. 462 “let us avoid,” Cor. IV. v. 34.
3. to depart from, quit Cor. IV. v. 25 “ the house.”
4. to make void, refute (an accusation, &c.) Meas. III. i. 200 (viz. ‘by saying that he made trial of you only’), AYL. V. iv. 103.
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    • William Shakespeare, Coriolanus, 4.5
    • William Shakespeare, As You Like It, 1.1
    • William Shakespeare, As You Like It, 5.4
    • William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 4.1
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