a·void / əˈvoid/ • v. [tr.] 1. keep away from or stop oneself from doing (something): avoid excessive exposure to the sun. ∎ contrive not to meet (someone): boys lined up to meet Gloria, but avoided her bossy sister. ∎ (of a person or a route) not go to or through (a place): this route avoids downtown Boston. ∎ prevent from happening: make the necessary adjustments to avoid an accident.2. Law repudiate, nullify, or render void (a decree or contract).DERIVATIVES: a·void·a·ble adj.a·void·a·bly / -əblē/ adv.a·void·ance / əˈvoidns/ n.a·void·er n.