Definitions for: Flee


[v] to run away; "He threw down his gun and fled."



Webster (1913) Definition: Flee, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Fled; p. pr. & vb. n.
Fleeing.] [OE. fleon, fleen, AS. fle['o]n (imperf.
fle['a]h); akin to D. vlieden, OHG. & OS. fliohan, G.
fliehen, Icel. fl?ja (imperf. fl??i), Dan. flye, Sw. fly
(imperf. flydde), Goth. pliuhan. (?) 84. Cf. Flight.]
To run away, as from danger or evil; to avoid in an alarmed
or cowardly manner; to hasten off; -- usually with from. This
is sometimes omitted, making the verb transitive.

[He] cowardly fled, not having struck one stroke.
--Shak.

Flee fornication. --1 Cor. vi.
18.

So fled his enemies my warlike father. --Shak.

Note: When great speed is to be indicated, we commonly use
fly, not flee; as, fly hence to France with the utmost
speed. ``Whither shall I fly to 'scape their hands?''
--Shak. See Fly, v. i., 5.

Synonyms: fly, take flight

See Also: abscond, absquatulate, bolt, break, break loose, decamp, defect, desert, elope, escape, get away, go away, go forth, go off, leave, run off, stampede

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