verb \ i-ˈvād , ē- \
|Updated on: 15 Aug 2018

Definition of evade

evaded; evading
1 : to slip away
2 : to take refuge in escape or avoidance
1 : to elude by dexterity or stratagem
2 a : 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


play \i-ˈvā-də-bəl. ē-\ adjective



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

evade Synonyms

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


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


verb \ i-ˈvād \

Definition of evade for Students

evaded; evading
: to get away from or avoid meeting directly
  • evade a question

Law Dictionary


transitive verb \ i-ˈvād \

legal Definition of evade

evaded; evading
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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