evade

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verb \i-ˈvād, ē-\

Definition of evade

evaded

;

evading

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to slip away

  3. 2 :  to take refuge in escape or avoidance

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to elude by dexterity or stratagem

  6. 2a :  to avoid facing up to evaded the real issuesb :  to avoid the performance of :  dodge, circumvent; especially :  to fail to pay (taxes)c :  to avoid answering directly :  turn aside

  7. 3 :  to be elusive to :  baffle the simple, personal meaning evaded them — C. D. Lewis

evadable

play \i-ˈvā-də-bəl. ē-\ adjective

evader

noun

Examples of evade in a Sentence

  1. The criminals have so far managed to evade the police.

  2. a politician skilled at evading difficult questions

  3. The governor has been accused of evading the issue.

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Origin and Etymology of evade

Middle French & Latin; Middle French evader, from Latin evadere, from e- + vadere to go, walk — more at wade

Synonym Discussion of evade

escape, avoid, evade, elude, shun, eschew mean to get away or keep away from something. escape stresses the fact of getting away or being passed by not necessarily through effort or by conscious intent. nothing escapes her sharp eyes avoid stresses forethought and caution in keeping clear of danger or difficulty. try to avoid past errors evade implies adroitness, ingenuity, or lack of scruple in escaping or avoiding. evaded the question by changing the subject elude implies a slippery or baffling quality in the person or thing that escapes. what she sees in him eludes me shun often implies an avoiding as a matter of habitual practice or policy and may imply repugnance or abhorrence. you have shunned your responsibilities eschew implies an avoiding or abstaining from as unwise or distasteful. a playwright who eschews melodrama


EVADE Defined for English Language Learners

evade

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verb

Definition of evade for English Language Learners

  • : to stay away from (someone or something) : to avoid (someone or something)

  • : to avoid dealing with or facing (something)

  • : to avoid doing (something required)


EVADE Defined for Kids

evade

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verb \i-ˈvād\

Definition of evade for Students

evaded

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evading

  1. :  to get away from or avoid meeting directly evade a question


Law Dictionary

evade

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transitive verb \i-ˈvād\

Legal Definition of evade

evaded

evading

  1. 1 :  to unlawfully fail to pay (taxes) through fraudulent or deceptive means — compare avoid

  2. 2 :  to avoid answering directly trying to evade the question



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