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  • To get free; to free oneself.
  • To avoid (any unpleasant person or thing); to elude, get away from.
  • To avoid capture; to get away with something, avoid punishment.
  • To elude the observation or notice of; to not be seen or remembered by.
  • To cause (a single character, or all such characters in a string) to be interpreted literally, instead of with any special meaning it would usually have in the same context, often by prefixing with another character.
  • To halt a program or command by pressing a key (such as the "Esc" key) or combination of keys.



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  • From Middle English escapen, from Anglo-Norman and Old Northern French escaper ( = Old French eschaper, modern French échapper), from Vulgar Latin *excappāre, literally "get out of one's cape, leave a pursuer with just one's cape," from Latin ex- ("out") + Late Latin cappa ("cape, cloak"). Cognate with escapade.

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