\ 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

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 According to this line of thinking, NBA players possess the financial wherewithal and career incentives to pay for designer drugs that evade detection, particularly when those drugs are taken in small dosages. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Examining Wilson Chandler's Suspension for PEDs and Infrequency of Steroids in the NBA," 29 Aug. 2019 The driver of a vehicle that allegedly evaded California Highway Patrol officers during a chase in San Jose faces multiple felony charges after his passenger was killed in a fatal crash, officials said Monday. Pete Grieve, SFChronicle.com, "Man charged after CHP chase leads to fatal crash in San Jose," 20 Aug. 2019 The book tells the story of a daughter that has to come to terms with her perceptions of her criminal father, a bank robber and career counterfeiter that evaded arrest for six months. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, "James Russo Joins Sean Penn Drama 'Flag Day'," 31 July 2019 The lagoon, a popular recreation destination for Chicago residents and visitors, was more recently known as the home of another fugitive gator who evaded authorities for a week. Alice Yin, chicagotribune.com, "Police investigating after man says he snatched alligator from Humboldt Park Lagoon, 2 weeks after Chance the Snapper’s capture," 28 July 2019 Meanwhile, said Carter, those who helped him evade recapture might face charges of their own. Rafael Olmeda, sun-sentinel.com, "Fugitive’s final hours on lam: How murder suspect was nabbed after mistake set him free," 11 July 2019 The belief — the hope — is Baker can lift this program to new heights that evaded his towering predecessors. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "As Jaxson Hayes heads to NBA, Will Baker steps in for Texas," 7 July 2019 The stakes grew after the deadly massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand, where some users uploaded videos of the attacks in ways that evaded tech companies’ censors. Washington Post, "Facebook unveils charter for its ‘Supreme Court,’ where users can go to contest the company’s decisions," 17 Sep. 2019 Some belong to serial killers who have evaded detectives for decades; others to murder victims. Heather Murphy, New York Times, "Why This Scientist Keeps Receiving Packages of Serial Killers’ Hair," 16 Sep. 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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24 Oct 2019

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The first known use of evade was in 1513

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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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