\ 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

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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 This one came courtesy of a beautiful move by Adams, who caught the ball on the left sideline and proceeded to dash back across the field, evading a pair of defenders. Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, "Packers advance to the N.F.C. championship game.," 12 Jan. 2020 Hints in the aircraft’s description led some aviation experts to speculate that one of LOUT’s radar-evading powers could come from a lack of conventional moving control surfaces. Eric Tegler, Scientific American, "The Next DARPA X-Plane Won’t Maneuver like Any Plane Before It," 9 Jan. 2020 All three teenaged suspects were arrested on evading charges. Danny Hermosillo, Houston Chronicle, "Houston-area constable uses drone to catch suspected car thieves," 7 Jan. 2020 According to a Harrison County grand jury, the four men are accused of helping Darian Atkinson, 19, evade police after the fatal shooting of Biloxi Police Officer Robert McKeithen in May outside the police station. Washington Post, "4 indicted, accused of helping police shooting suspect," 7 Jan. 2020 Offensive changes allowed him to use his legs to create and evade pressure. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football final 2019 grades: Average results at best," 3 Jan. 2020 Japan’s prosecutors, meanwhile, view him as a crook evading justice. The Economist, "Fled to the Med No one comes out of the Carlos Ghosn affair smelling of roses," 2 Jan. 2020 Kalanick co-founded Uber in 2009 and built it into the world's most valuable startup by steamrolling competitors and evading regulators. Seth Fiegerman, CNN, "Travis Kalanick to step down from Uber's board," 24 Dec. 2019 From 16 contestants, only a tenacious trio remains in the second season of Fox's competition show: Rottweiler, Fox and Flamingo all have evaded elimination and unmasking. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "'The Masked Singer': All the reasons we think we've identified the final three contestants," 19 Dec. 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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17 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Evade.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evade. Accessed 26 January 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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