from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To run away, as from trouble or danger: fled from the house into the night.
  • intransitive v. To pass swiftly away; vanish: "of time fleeing beneath him” ( William Faulkner).
  • transitive v. To run away from: flee the scene of an accident.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To run away; to escape.
  • v. To escape from.
  • v. To disappear quickly; to vanish.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To run away; take flight; seek escape or safety by flight.
  • To disappear; disperse: as, all our pleasures have fled; the color fled from her cheeks; the clouds flee before the rising sun.
  • To move swiftly; fly; speed, as a missile.
  • To avoid by flight; fly from; shun.
  • An obsolete form of fly.
  • n. An obsolete or dialectal form of fly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. run away quickly


Middle English flen, from Old English flēon; see pleu- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English flēon, from Proto-Germanic *fleuhanan. (Wiktionary)



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