Meaning of SHUN in English

ˈshən transitive verb

( shunned ; shunned ; shunning ; shuns )

Etymology: Middle English shunnen, shunen, from Old English scunian

1. : to avoid deliberately and especially habitually : keep clear of : shy away from : eschew

shun temptation

shun publicity

was shunned by his former friends

lived alone, shunning all community activities

shuns pure theory and sticks to ascertainable facts — J.H.Powers

2. archaic : to escape from : evade

no man of woman born … can shun his destiny — W.C.Bryant

3. archaic : prevent

wish you may be able to shun for us this war — Thomas Jefferson

Synonyms: see escape

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.