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eschew

Definition:

to avoid and stay away from deliberately; to stay clear of

Class:

communication verb (telling, asking, ordering, singing, etc.)

Past tense:

eschewed

Present participle:

eschewing

3rd-person singular present:

eschews

Type of:

avoid

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

shun

Etymology:

Old French eschiver "shun, eschew, avoid, dispense with", from Frankish *skiuhan...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

eschew [transitive] | shun [synonym] | avoid [synonym] | eschewal [noun, derived]

to keep clear of or abstain from (something disliked, injurious, etc); shun; avoid (13 of 500 words, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/eschew

Merriam-Webster:

eschew | shun [synonym] | avoid [synonym] | dodge [synonym] | duck [synonym] | elude [synonym] | escape [synonym] | evade [synonym] | finesse [synonym] | ...

to avoid habitually especially on moral or practical grounds; "shun" (10 of 229 words, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/eschew

Wiktionary:

avoid | avoided [past tense] | avoiding [present participle] | avoids [3rd-person singular present] | eschew [transitive, formal] | eschewed [transitive, formal, past tense] | eschewing [transitive, formal, present participle] | eschews [transitive, formal, 3rd-person singular present]

[transitive] To keep away from; to keep clear of; to endeavor not to meet; to shun; to abstain from; as, to avoid the company of gamesters. | [transitive, obsolete] To make empty; to clear. | [transitive, now law] To make void, to annul; to refute ... (43 of 175 words, 9 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/avoid

Oxford Dictionary:

eschew | eschewal [derived]

deliberately avoid using; abstain from (5 of 59 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/eschew

Macmillan British Dictionary:

eschew [transitive, formal] | eschewed [past tense] | eschewing [present participle] | eschews [3rd-person singular present]

to avoid doing something, especially for moral reasons (8 of 39 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/eschew

New World Dictionary:

eschew | eschewal [noun, related]

to keep away from (something harmful or disliked); shun; avoid; abstain from (12 of 35 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/eschew

American Heritage Dictionary:

eschew | eschewed [past tense] | eschewing [present participle] | eschews [3rd-person singular present] | eschewal [noun, related]

To avoid; shun. (3 of 32 words, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/eschew

Cambridge Dictionary:

eschew [formal]

to avoid something intentionally, or to give something up (9 of 25 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/eschew

Random House Dictionary:

eschew

to abstain or keep away from; shun; avoid. (8 of 16 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/eschew

Wikipedia:

Shun [disambiguation]

may refer to one of the following: Shun (Chinese leader) (舜), a legendary leader of ancient China | Shun Di fictional Drunken Kung Fu Master in Virtua Fighter Series | Shun Dynasty, dynasty established by Li Zicheng in 1644 | To shun, which means... (41 of 178 words, 10 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Shun

Encarta Dictionary:

eschew | eschewed [past tense] | eschewing [present participle] | eschews [3rd-person singular present]

to avoid doing or using something on principle or as a matter of course (14 of 46 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861609126​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

eschew

First use: mid-14th century

Origin: Old French eschiver "shun, eschew, avoid, dispense with", from Frankish *skiuhan "dread, avoid, shun", from Proto-Germanic ... (18 of 57 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=eschew

Wiktionary:

eschew [transitive, formal] | eschewed [past tense] | eschewing [present participle] | eschews [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English eschewen, from Anglo-Norman eschiver (third-person present eschiu), from Frankish *sciuhan ("to dread, shun, avoid"), from Proto-Germanic *skiuhwijanan ("to frighten"). Cognate with Old High German... (26 of 33 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/eschew

Merriam-Webster:

eschew

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French eschiver (3rd present eschiu) of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German sciuhen to frighten off

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/eschew

Collins Dictionary:

eschew [transitive]

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Old French eschiver, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German skiuhan to frighten away; see shy1, skew

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/eschew

Oxford Dictionary:

eschew

Origin: late Middle English: from Old French eschiver, ultimately of Germanic origin and related to German scheuen "shun", also to "shy1"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/eschew

New World Dictionary:

eschew

Origin: Middle English eschewen from Anglo-French eschuer from Old French eschiver from Old High German sciuhan, to fear: akin to "shy"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/eschew

American Heritage Dictionary:

eschew | eschewed [past tense] | eschewing [present participle] | eschews [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English escheuen, from Old French eschivir, of Germanic origin; akin to "shy" [entry 1].

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/eschew

Encarta Dictionary:

eschew | eschewed [past tense] | eschewing [present participle] | eschews [3rd-person singular present]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Old French eschiver

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861609126​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

eschew [transitive, formal] | eschewed [past tense] | eschewing [present participle] | eschews [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "eschew"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/eschew

Collins Dictionary:

eschew [transitive]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "eschew"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/eschew

Macmillan British Dictionary:

eschew [transitive, formal] | eschewed [past tense] | eschewing [present participle] | eschews [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "eschew"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/eschew

Macmillan American Dictionary:

eschew [transitive, formal] | eschewed [past tense] | eschewing [present participle] | eschews [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "eschew"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/eschew

Cambridge Dictionary:

eschew [formal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "eschew"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "eschew"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/eschew

the Free Dictionary:

eschew

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "eschew"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "eschew" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/eschew

Google Dictionary:

eschew | eschewed [past tense] | eschewing [present participle] | eschews [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "eschew"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=eschew

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

eschew

Audio: North American pronunciation of "eschew"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=eschew​01 word=eschew

YourDictionary Audio:

eschew

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "eschew" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/eschew

freedictionary.org:

eschew

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "eschew" by speech synthesizer

freedictionary​.org​/ Query=eschew

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