To break loose from confinement; get free: escape from jail. To issue from confinement or an enclosure; leak or seep out: Gas was escaping from the vent. To avoid a serious or unwanted outcome: escaped from the accident with their lives. Botany To become established in the wild. Used of a cultivated species. Computer Science To interrupt a command, exit a program, or change levels within a program by using a key, combination of keys, or key sequence. To succeed in avoiding: The thief escaped punishment. To break loose from; get free of: The spacecraft escaped Earth's gravitational field. To elude the memory or comprehension of: Her name escapes me. The book's significance escaped him. To issue involuntarily from: A sigh escaped my lips. The act or an instance of escaping. A means of escaping. A means of obtaining temporary freedom from worry, care, or unpleasantness: Television is my escape from worry. A gradual effusion from an enclosure; a leakage. Botany A plant that has become established away from the area of cultivation. Computer Science A key, combination of keys, or key sequence, used especially to interrupt a command, exit a program, or change levels within a program.