If you avoid drinking coffee right before bed because it tends to keep you awake and makes you jittery, that means that you stay away from coffee at night.
The verb avoid means to stop yourself from doing something or to keep something from happening. You might avoid the old lady next door who smells funny and always wants to pinch your cheek, or you could avoid a certain dangerous neighborhood in your city by taking a different route when you're walking home. It's easy to get avoid confused with a similar word, evade, which means "to avoid in a particularly tricky or sneaky way."
Primary Meanings of avoid
stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something
v stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something
confront, face, face up
deal with (something unpleasant) head on
confront, face, present
present somebody with something, usually to accuse or criticize
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circumvent, dodge, duck, elude, evade, fudge, hedge, parry, put off, sidestep, skirt
avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)
fail to experience
escape, get away, get by, get off, get out
escape potentially unpleasant consequences; get away with a forbidden action
bypass, get around, go around, short-circuit
avoid something unpleasant or laborious
keep off, stay off
refrain from entering or walking onto
avoid dealing with
shy away from
avoid having to deal with some unpleasant task
avoid and stay away from deliberately; stay clear of
dodge, avoid answering, or take for granted
evade the truth of a point or question by raising irrelevant objections
use cunning or deceit to escape or avoid