\ i-ˈvād How to pronounce evade (audio) , ē- \
evaded; evading

Definition of evade

intransitive verb

1 : to slip away
2 : to take refuge in escape or avoidance

transitive verb

1 : to elude by dexterity or stratagem
2a : to avoid facing up to evaded the real issues
b : to avoid the performance of : dodge, circumvent especially : to fail to pay (taxes)
c : to avoid answering directly : turn aside
3 : to be elusive to : baffle the simple, personal meaning evaded them— C. D. Lewis

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Other Words from evade

evadable \ i-​ˈvā-​də-​bəl. ē-​ How to pronounce evadable (audio) \ adjective
evader noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of evade in a Sentence

The criminals have so far managed to evade the police. a politician skilled at evading difficult questions The governor has been accused of evading the issue.
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Recent Examples on the Web Now the rule of thumb in Chinese officialdom seems to be demonstrating loyalty as explicitly as possible, keeping everything else vague and evading responsibility at all costs when things go wrong. New York Times, "Coronavirus Crisis Shows China’s Governance Failure," 4 Feb. 2020 But the number of people trying to evade immigration controls to come to America to work has fallen for years. The Economist, "Donald Trump’s wall will irrevocably change America’s south-western border," 18 Dec. 2019 This is what has allowed Facebook to evade responsibility, and to avoid even being identified as a media company. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "Mark Zuckerberg Doesn’t Know What the First Amendment Is For," 22 Oct. 2019 In 1997, the late royal died in a car accident while allegedly trying to evade paparazzi. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Opens Up About Enduring Public Scrutiny as a New Mom in an Upcoming Documentary," 18 Oct. 2019 When officers attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver tried to evade police and a chase ensued. Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle, "Two Houston suspects arrested following high-speed chase from scene of Rosenberg jewelry store robbery," 12 Oct. 2019 Against the 49ers, the Browns faced a third-and-3 in the first half and rather than passing quickly or even running it, Mayfield booted right (imagine that) and eventually fumbled trying to evade defenders. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "Attacking Seattle: Cleveland must take what the Seahawks give, stop seeking the big play -- Film Review," 12 Oct. 2019 Amazon has evaded responsibility for damages, injuries, and deaths caused by its delivery network by presenting it as arm’s-length contractors, even as the retail giant imposes pressure to increase the speed and volume of distribution. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Technology Sabotaged Public Safety," 10 Oct. 2019 An east Alabama man was killed early Wednesday morning after his truck struck a utility pole after trying to evade authorities. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al, "East Alabama man killed after trying to elude sheriff’s deputy, crashing into pole: Authorities," 9 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of evade

1513, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for evade

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

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The first known use of evade was in 1513

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14 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Evade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evadable. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce evade (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of evade

: to stay away from (someone or something) : to avoid (someone or something)
: to avoid dealing with or facing (something)
: to avoid doing (something required)


\ i-ˈvād How to pronounce evade (audio) \
evaded; evading

Kids Definition of evade

: to get away from or avoid meeting directly evade a question
\ i-ˈvād How to pronounce evade (audio) \
evaded; evading

Legal Definition of evade

1 : to unlawfully fail to pay (taxes) through fraudulent or deceptive means — compare avoid
2 : to avoid answering directly trying to evade the question

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