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Flee \Flee\ (fl[=e]), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Fled (fl[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. Fleeing.] [OE. fleon, fleen, AS. fle['o]n (imperf. fle['a]h); akin to D. vlieden, OHG. & OS. fliohan, G. fliehen, Icel. fl[=y]ja (imperf. fl[=y][eth]i), Dan. flye, Sw. fly (imperf. flydde), Goth. [thorn]liuhan. [root]84. Cf. Flight.] To run away, as from danger or evil; to avoid in an alarmed or cowardly manner; to hasten off; -- usually with from. This is sometimes omitted, making the verb transitive.

[He] cowardly fled, not having struck one stroke.

Flee fornication.
--1 Cor. vi. 18.

So fled his enemies my warlike father.

Note: When great speed is to be indicated, we commonly use fly, not flee; as, fly hence to France with the utmost speed. ``Whither shall I fly to 'scape their hands?''
--Shak. See Fly, v. i., 5.


Fled \Fled\, imp. & p. p. of Flee.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

past tense and past participle of flee (q.v.) and fly (v.2).


vb. (en-past of: flee)

  1. v. run away quickly; "He threw down his gun and fled" [syn: fly, take flight]

  2. [also: fled]


See flee


Fled is a 1996 action film directed by Kevin Hooks. It stars Laurence Fishburne and Stephen Baldwin as two prisoners chained together who flee during an escape attempt gone bad.

Fled (soundtrack)

Fled is the soundtrack to the 1996 action film, Fled. It was released on July 15, 1996, through Rowdy Records and consisted mainly of hip hop and R&B music. The soundtrack only made it to #60 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, but featured the semi-successful single " Touch Myself" by T-Boz which made it to #40 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #23 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks.

Usage examples of "fled".

The degenerate Parthians, broken by intestine discord, fled before his arms.

The camp of the Romans was surprised and pillaged, and, for the first time, their emperor fled in disorder before a troop of half-armed barbarians.

They fled in real or affected disorder, engaged the Palmyrenians in a laborious pursuit, harassed them by a desultory combat, and at length discomfited this impenetrable but unwieldy body of cavalry.

The Gallic nobles, justly dreading their revenge, either took refuge in the fortified cities, or fled from the wild scene of anarchy.

Severus, destitute of force and of counsel, retired, or rather fled, with precipitation, to Ravenna.

Christ, instead of distinguishing themselves by voluntary deeds of heroism, frequently deserted their post, and fled in confusion before the enemy whom it was their duty to resist.

But the progress of their negotiation was opposed and defeated by the hostile arts of Antoninus, a Roman subject of Syria, who had fled from oppression, and was admitted into the councils of Sapor, and even to the royal table, where, according to the custom of the Persians, the most important business was frequently discussed.

A Gothic chief was heard to declare, with insolent moderation, that, for his own part, he was fatigued with slaughter: but that he was astonished how a people, who fled before him like a flock of sheep, could still presume to dispute the possession of their treasures and provinces.

Theodosius pressed forwards to terminate the war by the death or captivity of his rival, who fled before him with the diligence of fear.

Many families of Aquileia, Padua, and the adjacent towns, who fled from the sword of the Huns, found a safe, though obscure, refuge in the neighboring islands.

He fled towards the Alps, with the humble hope, not of arming the Visigoths in his cause, but of securing his person and treasures in the sanctuary of Julian, one of the tutelar saints of Auvergne.

Actuated by a far different spirit, Basiliscus, whose station was the most remote from danger, disgracefully fled in the beginning of the engagement, returned to Constantinople with the loss of more than half of his fleet and army, and sheltered his guilty head in the sanctuary of St.

In the reign of Constantine, the Ascetics fled from a profane and degenerate world, to perpetual solitude, or religious society.

Their ears were astonished by the harsh and unknown sounds of the Germanic dialect, and they ingeniously lamented that the trembling muses fled from the harmony of a Burgundian lyre.

Gundobald still fled with precipitation, till he had reached Avignon, at the distance of two hundred and fifty miles from the field of battle.