try not to do sth; try not to go near sb or sth
prevent sth bad from happening, or stop oneself from doing (sth)
"Her former friends now avoid her"
"Let's avoid a confrontation"
"head off a confrontation"
"avert a strike"
"She refrains from calling her therapist too often"
"He should avoid publishing his wife's memories"
"I keep off drugs"
"During Ramadan, Muslims avoid tobacco during the day"
"The contract was annulled"
"void a plea"
Commanded the chambre to be avoided.
出自： T. Elyot
You had better avoid reading in the train.
I avoided meeting him, but somehow bumped against him.
句中我企图避免见他，却还是撞上了，不可单用avoid，需把avoided改成tried to avoid。