flee

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old English flēon, from Proto-Germanic *fleuhaną, from Proto-Indo-European *plewk-, *plew- (to fly, flow, run).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /fliː/
  • Rhymes: -iː
  • (file)
  • Homophone: flea

Verb[edit]

flee (third-person singular simple present flees, present participle fleeing, simple past and past participle fled)

  1. (intransitive) To run away; to escape.
    The prisoner tried to flee, but was caught by the guards.
  2. (transitive) To escape from.
    Many people fled the country as war loomed.
    Thousands of people moved northward trying to flee the drought.
  3. (intransitive) To disappear quickly; to vanish.
    Ethereal products flee once freely exposed to air.

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Middle English[edit]

Noun[edit]

flee

  1. Alternative form of fle

Scots[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English flye, from Old English flȳġe, flēoge, from Proto-Germanic *fleugǭ. Compare English fly, Dutch vlieg, German Fliege.

Noun[edit]

flee

  1. fly