From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishfleeflee /fliː/ ●●○ verb (past tense and past participle fled /fled/) [intransitive, transitive] written ESCAPEto leave somewhere very quickly, in order to escape from danger His attackers turned and fled. Masaari spent six months in prison before fleeing the country.flee to/from/into Many German artists fled to America at the beginning of World War II.see thesaurus at escape→ See Verb table
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fleeWhen police arrived, the two men fled.When they saw the police car, his attackers turned and fled.He gathered what money he had just in case Gallagher was forced to flee.Most of the women there were Somalis fleeing from the civil war.The temblor sent thousands of office workers in Seattle fleeing into the streets.Rollins tried to flee the country but was stopped at the airport.Up to five million political refugees have fled to other countries.Episcopal persecution, however, drove them to flee to the relative anonymity of London at the end of the 1620s.flee to/from/intoThey flee to a speech therapist.He has since fled to another city.Tinbergen suggested that the zigzag display results from the conflict felt by the male between attacking the female and fleeing from her.I fled to Jodhpur in a taxi.He fled to the peg and grabbed his jacket and was putting it on when she got up and came toward him.Sigua was reported to have fled to the rebel headquarters in a Komsomol summer camp outside Tbilisi to avoid arrest.I wash my hands quickly and flee from the restroom.
Origin flee Old English flean