Antonyms of verb avoid

1 of 5 senses of avoid

Sense 1
avoid -- (stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something; "Her former friends now avoid her")
       Antonym of confront (Sense 2)
      => confront, face up, face -- (deal with (something unpleasant) head on; "You must confront your problems"; "He faced the terrible consequences of his mistakes")

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb avoid

5 senses of avoid

Sense 1
avoid -- (stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something; "Her former friends now avoid her")

Sense 2
debar, forefend, forfend, obviate, deflect, avert, head off, stave off, fend off, avoid, ward off -- (prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening; "Let's avoid a confrontation"; "head off a confrontation"; "avert a strike")
       => prevent, forestall, foreclose, preclude, forbid -- (keep from happening or arising; make impossible; "My sense of tact forbids an honest answer"; "Your role in the projects precludes your involvement in the competitive project")

Sense 3
avoid -- (refrain from doing something; "She refrains from calling her therapist too often"; "He should avoid publishing his wife's memories")

Sense 4
keep off, avoid -- (refrain from certain foods or beverages; "I keep off drugs"; "During Ramadan, Muslims avoid tobacco during the day")
       => abstain, refrain, desist -- (choose not to consume; "I abstain from alcohol")

Sense 5
invalidate, annul, quash, void, avoid, nullify -- (declare invalid; "The contract was annulled"; "void a plea")
       => cancel, strike down -- (declare null and void; make ineffective; "Cancel the election results"; "strike down a law")

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