\ 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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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The disturbing trend toward using digital dodges to evade Wisconsin’s Open Records Law extends far beyond the university. David Armiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opinion: UW-Madison chancellor and state legislators use digital dodges to hide records from the public," 4 May 2021 New variants may eventually evade vaccines and reset the clock on Covid-19. Ezekiel J. Emanuel And Joseph S. Nye, WSJ, "American Health Depends on Exporting Covid Vaccines," 4 May 2021 And hopefully, for the Bengals sake, this year’s first-round pick can evade the injury bug. Tyler Dragon, The Enquirer, "'It's not something you can predict': Bengals hope to break streak of top-pick injuries," 29 Apr. 2021 Traumas can evade formal diagnoses, as many veterans grieve the sacrifice of fellow soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. BostonGlobe.com, "Should Massachusetts decriminalize psychedelic plants?," 16 Apr. 2021 Officers may evade charges or convictions if the context around their actions — whether the victim made sudden or threatening movements, for example — makes those actions seem reasonable. New York Times, "At Least 15 Officers Mistook Guns for Tasers. Three Were Convicted.," 14 Apr. 2021 The coronavirus variant first discovered in South Africa may evade the protection offered by the Pfizer vaccine, while an antibody cocktail could reduce the risk of a symptomatic infection. Evan Macdonald, cleveland, "Variant from South Africa may ‘break through’ Pfizer vaccine; antibody cocktail may reduce symptomatic infections: Coronavirus update for April 13, 2021," 13 Apr. 2021 In addition, a federal criminal complaint filed last week charged 10 Iranian nationals with running a two-decade-long scheme to evade U.S. sanctions on Iran, using front companies in the UAE and elsewhere. Eric Shawn, Fox News, "Iran cozies up with Venezuela, creeping into America's backyard," 2 Apr. 2021 Cancer cells can evade the body’s defenses by shutting down immune cells. Anna Kuchment, Dallas News, "New drug doubles disease-free survival in esophageal cancer," 31 Mar. 2021

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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 2021

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“Evade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evade. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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