1. Stay clear from;
    Keep away from;
    Keep out of the way of someone or something (synset 200813037)
    "Her former friends now avoid her"
  2. Prevent the occurrence of;
    Prevent from happening (synset 202458770)
    "Let's avoid a confrontation"; "head off a confrontation"; "avert a strike"
  3. Refrain from doing something (synset 202468933)
    "She refrains from calling her therapist too often"; "He should avoid publishing his wife's memories"
  4. Refrain from certain foods or beverages (synset 201192356)
    "I keep off drugs"; "During Ramadan, Muslims avoid tobacco during the day"
  5. Declare invalid (synset 202483482)
    "The contract was annulled"; "void a plea"

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