1. To empty.
5. To keep away from; to keep clear of; to endeavor no to meet; to shun; to abstain from; as, to avoid the company of gamesters. What need a man forestall his date of grief. And run to meet what he would most avoid ? (Milton) He carefully avoided every act which could goad them into open hostility. (Macaulay)
6. To get rid of.
to avoid, shun. Avoid in its commonest sense means, to keep clear of, an extension of the meaning, to withdraw one's self from. It denotes care taken not to come near or in contact; as, to avoid certain persons or places. Shun is a stronger term, implying more prominently the idea of intention. The words may, however, in many cases be interchanged. No man can pray from his heart to be kept from temptation, if the take no care of himself to avoid it. (Mason) So Chanticleer, who nev 45e er saw a fox, yet shunned him as a sailor shuns the rocks. (Dryden)