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 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

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 The suit also alleges Instacart evaded paying workers compensation and unemployment insurance, along with state and federal payroll taxes. Brittany Meiling, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego city attorney sues grocery delivery app Instacart in gig economy action," 13 Sep. 2019 Amazon is facing questions from Capitol Hill over the safety of its vast delivery network and how the e-commerce giant has evaded responsibility for its role in deaths and serious injuries in crashes involving contractors delivering Amazon packages. Patricia Callahan, ProPublica, "Senator Demands Answers From Amazon on Delivery Crashes and Contract Drivers," 12 Sep. 2019 Deputies located the suspect vehicle fleeing the scene and attempted to stop it, but the suspect driver failed to yield and recklessly evaded. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "Cupertino crime report," 11 Sep. 2019 Perez, who received minor injuries in the collision, was booked on charges of murder, driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs while causing an injury, evading a police officer and auto theft. Christine Pelisek, PEOPLE.com, "Apple Programmer Killed When Rideshare Is Struck by Stolen Vehicle, and Driver Charged with Murder," 28 Aug. 2019 On the second play from scrimmage, Mayer got behind the Ryle defense and caught a long bomb from Caleb Jacob before evading one defender for a 76-yard touchdown catch. James Weber, Cincinnati.com, "Northern Kentucky high school football: Defense lifts Covington Catholic to shut out Ryle," 24 Aug. 2019 Even as the trees were getting harder to find, however, the poachers were becoming more sophisticated at evading detection. Carlos Duarte, National Geographic, "The fight to protect the world’s most trafficked wild commodity," 16 Aug. 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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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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