\ 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 Scottsdale Police SWAT team was on the scene, and barricades were used in an attempt to stop the suspect from fleeing, but Haeger managed to evade police. Chelsea Curtis, The Arizona Republic, "Police seek info on former MLB player's travel after suspected murder, before death," 6 Oct. 2020 In each jurisdiction, bankers, trustees and lawyers stand ready to help rich Americans avoid, or in some cases illegally evade, taxes. David Voreacos, Bloomberg.com, "Tech Mogul’s Secrecy Crumbles in IRS Chase of ‘Record’ Trove," 2 Oct. 2020 As the debris spiralled downward, gathering speed, the Air Force was keeping a close watch, but small things in space can easily evade detection. Raffi Khatchadourian, The New Yorker, "Read More," 21 Sep. 2020 This isn't the first time Family Sharing has been used to evade anti-cheat efforts. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Fall Guys cheating loophole leads to blanket Family Sharing ban," 27 Aug. 2020 McCoy-Taylor attempted to evade arrest but was quickly apprehended across the street. Claire Goodman, Houston Chronicle, "Suspect in custody following string of armed robberies in Katy and Houston," 30 Sep. 2020 Wisconsin, which has recorded more than 1,200 covid-19 deaths, isn’t the only place struggling to cope with parents who purposely evade the safety systems set up to prevent school outbreaks of a virus that has now killed at least 201,000 Americans. Washington Post, "‘People are just being dishonest’: Parents are sending infected kids to school, Wisconsin officials warn," 24 Sep. 2020 In many ways, Ivanka is doing what Ivanka does best to position herself as an everyperson, while using her identity as a mother and a woman to evade responsibility for the ways the Trump administration has hurt women and mothers. Elly Belle, refinery29.com, "No, Ivanka, We Are Not “ALL” Mothers," 28 July 2020 After Alana gives birth to their interspecies daughter, Hazel (who narrates the entire story from an as yet unknown time in the future), the couple is forced to go on the run to evade those who are hunting them down. Dan Toy, CNN Underscored, "The best graphic novels for readers of all ages, from kids to adults," 11 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of evade was in 1513

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15 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Evade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evade. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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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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