échapper

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French eschapper, from Old French eschaper, escaper, from Vulgar Latin *excappāre or *excapāre, present active infinitives of *excappo, *excapo, from ex- (out) + Late Latin cappa (cape, coat).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /e.ʃa.pe/
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Verb[edit]

échapper

  1. (intransitive, followed by à or de) to escape (from), evade
    échapper à la mortto escape death
    échapper des mains de quelqu'unto slip out of someone's hands
  2. (Quebec, transitive) to drop an object unintentionally
    Tu as échappé ta tuque.You dropped your hat.
  3. (reflexive, s'échapper followed by de) to escape, break out (e.g., from prison)
  4. (reflexive, s'échapper) to go away, run away

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