1. [syn: at large(p), escaped, loose, on the loose(p)]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Escape \Es*cape"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Escaped; p. pr. & vb.
n. Escaping.] [OE. escapen, eschapen, OF. escaper,
eschaper, F. echapper, fr. LL. ex cappa out of one's cape or
cloak; hence, to slip out of one's cape and escape. See 3d
Cape, and cf. Scape, v.]
1. To flee from and avoid; to be saved or exempt from; to
shun; to obtain security from; as, to escape danger.
"Sailors that escaped the wreck." --Shak.
2. To avoid the notice of; to pass unobserved by; to evade;
as, the fact escaped our attention.
They escaped the search of the enemy. --Ludlow.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: having escaped, especially from confinement; "a convict
still at large"; "searching for two escaped prisoners";
"dogs loose on the streets"; "criminals on the loose in
the neighborhood" [syn: at large(p), escaped,
loose, on the loose(p)]