evade

verb
\ 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 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 original series is set in Miami, where Dexter tracks down guilty individuals who evade the law. Madison Durham, USA TODAY, "Here's how to watch the new season of Dexter when it comes out," 23 Mar. 2021 These groups’ very success depends on the idiosyncratic nature of their activities; they are meant to evade the traditional rules of the market and typical behaviors. Forrester, Forbes, "GameStop Could Happen To You, So Prepare For It Now," 11 Mar. 2021 But now millions of people have become infected and have developed antibodies, so mutations that give the virus a way to evade those defenses are rising to prominence. Marla Broadfoot, Scientific American, "Is It Safe to Delay a Second COVID Vaccine Dose?," 10 Feb. 2021 Democrats could plausibly move to evade those rules. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "Murder the Filibuster and Never Look Back," 19 Jan. 2021 In page after page, the report amounts to one of the starkest denunciations yet of Russia’s efforts to evade antidoping rules. New York Times, "Three Judges Endorsed Penalties for Russia’s Doping. Then They Cut the Ban in Half.," 13 Jan. 2021 If Trump saw it as a way to evade responsibility for dealing with the crisis, that notion couldn’t survive contact with the reality of the toll. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "2020 was the year that American science denial became lethal," 13 Dec. 2020 For one thing, infectious agents find ways to evade the immune system. Popular Science, "What makes a patient asymptomatic to COVID-19?," 27 Aug. 2020 Moderna is similarly studying an upgraded version of its Covid-19 vaccine that is specifically designed to target the South African variant, which some experts worried may evade existing vaccines. NBC News, "Covid-19 booster shot likely needed within 12 months, Pfizer's CEO says," 15 Apr. 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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“Evade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evade. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for evade

evade

verb

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)

evade

verb
\ 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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