avoid-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: keep away, prevent from happening, or not do something

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[agent] AVOID NP2[patient] NP1[agent] AVOID NP2[theme]
NOTE: Includes both: 1. Keeping away physically from something 2. Prevent from something undesireable from happening

Do you think he's avoiding me?
I try to avoid supermarkets on Saturdays.
I tried to avoid chocolate, but it didn't go so well.
The plane narrowly avoided disaster when one of the engines cut out.
I left the pub to avoid a fight.
Unnecessary paperwork should be avoided.
I narrowly avoided colliding with it.

VerbNet: avoid-52
FrameNet: Avoiding,Preventing
PropBank: avoid.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2, 3, 4

Sense Number 2: LAW- annul, make void, make invalid

How can these grants of the king be avoided?
The terms of the written contract could be avoided and nullified.
If the "VOID" box is marked that shall avoid the National Lotto Game Selection.
Zimmer also filed a bankruptcy lawsuit to avoid the lien and deed.

VerbNet: void-106
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5