\ 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

Other Words from evade

evadable \ i-​ˈvā-​də-​bəl. ē-​ How to pronounce evade (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.
Recent Examples on the Web However, the subvariant seems able to evade immune protections, particularly those from prior BA.1 infections. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 3 May 2022 Two new Omicron variants sweeping South Africa—likely able to evade vaccines and natural immunity from previous infections—have been identified in the U.S., multiple COVID-19 researchers told Fortune. Erin Prater, Fortune, 30 Apr. 2022 Meanwhile the virus continues to mutate into new variants and subvariants that can partially evade the immunity provided by vaccines or previous infections. Anchorage Daily News, 27 Apr. 2022 When infectious microbes repeatedly replicate in different animal species, their evolutionary trajectory may be different from one species to another, potentially creating novel variants that could evade immunity if reintroduced into humans. Quanta Magazine, 27 Apr. 2022 As Vox reported, rich nations have received 50 times the number of vaccine doses that poor nations have, giving the virus the chance to mutate into new variants that could evade vaccines and hit those same nations much harder. Jason Linkins, The New Republic, 12 Mar. 2022 But as more people get vaccinated or infected, our collective immunity gives more and more of an edge to variants that can evade the immune system instead. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 18 Nov. 2021 These sanctions are an attempt by the Biden administration to show that virtual currency will not be able to evade U.S. and international sanctions on Russia or other criminal actors. Aaron Katersky, ABC News, 5 Apr. 2022 Omicron has proved able to evade some of the immune system’s defenses in humans. New York Times, 7 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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13 May 2022

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“Evade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evade. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for evade


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

Kids Definition of evade

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


transitive verb
\ 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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