Synonyms for (verb) avoid

keep off, avoid

refrain from certain foods or beverages

I keep off drugs; During Ramadan, Muslims avoid tobacco during the day

LESS SPECIFIC: desist, abstain, refrain

forefend, forfend, fend off, stave off, avert, avoid, obviate, debar, deflect, ward off, head off

prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening

Let's avoid a confrontation; head off a confrontation; avert a strike

void, avoid, annul, invalidate, nullify, quash

declare invalid

The contract was annulled; void a plea

LESS SPECIFIC: strike down, cancel