KJV Dictionary Definition: avoid


AVOID', v.t. Eng. side, void, widow; L. vidua, vito, evito. See Void.

1. To shun; to keep at a distance from; that is, literally, to go or be wide from; as, to avoid the company of gamesters.

2. To shift off, or clear off; as, to avoid expense.

3. To quit; to evacuate; to shun by leaving; as, to avoid the house.

4. To escape; as, to avoid danger.

5. To emit or throw out; as, to avoid excretions. For this, void is now generally used.

6. To make void; to annul or vacate.

The grant cannot be avoided without injustice to the grantee.

7. In pleading, to set up some new matter or distinction, which shall avoid, that is, defeat or evade the allegation of the other party. Thus, in a replication, the plaintiff may deny the defendant's plea, or confess it, and avoid it by starting new matter.

AVOID', v.i. To retire; to withdraw.

David avoided out of his presence. 1Sam. 18. Improper.

2. To become void, vacant or empty.

A benefice avoids by common law.



1. That may be avoided, left at a distance, shunned or escaped.

2. That may be vacated; liable to be annulled.



1. The act of avoiding, or shunning.

2. The act of vacating, or the state of being vacant. It is appropriately used for the state of a benefice becoming void, by the death, deprivation, or resignation of the incumbent.

3. The act of annulling.

4. The course by which any thing is carried off.


AVOID'ED, pp. Shunned; evaded; made void; ejected.



1. One who avoids, shuns or escapes.

2. The person who carries any thing away; the vessel in which things are carried away.


AVOID'ING, ppr. Shunning, escaping; keeping at a distance; ejecting; evacuating; making void, or vacant.