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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The book tells the story of a daughter who has to come to terms with her perception of her criminal father, a bank robber and career counterfeiter who evaded arrest for six months. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "France's Wild Bunch Sets up Stand-Alone Film Sales Group," 1 July 2019 But the same court in 2015 upheld the probation sentence given to Ty Warner, the billionaire creator of Beanie Babies who evaded nearly $6 million in federal taxes by hiding income in Swiss bank accounts. Jason Meisner, chicagotribune.com, "Prosecutors plan to appeal 16-year prison sentence in terror plot to blow up busy Loop bar," 19 June 2019 Lawyers have also sought computers removed from Hofeller’s house by his business partner, but said the partner had evaded their subpoena. Tara Bahrampour, Washington Post, "Federal judge says census citizenship question merits more consideration in light of new evidence," 19 June 2019 With one player down, South Africa gave up a third goal to Lucia Garcia, who skilfully evaded two defenders to plug the ball into an empty net. Aimee Lewis And Motez Bishara, CNN, "Giulia Gwinn: Germany teenager scores brilliant winner on Women's World Cup debut," 8 June 2019 This statement is apparently in reference to the California bill's requirement that ISPs may not evade net neutrality protections by slowing down traffic at network interconnection points. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Net neutrality gives “free” Internet to Netflix and Google, ISP claims," 10 Sep. 2018 As the New York Times reports, the North Carolina decision is the second time in two weeks that the high court has evaded the issue of partisan gerrymandering. Anne Branigin, The Root, "Supreme Court Punts on Partisan Gerrymandering as Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas Set Sights on Dismantling Voting Rights Act," 25 June 2018 And while Marzel has evaded judgment for his violent attack against Amro, in April Amro testified in Israeli military court about his nonviolent resistance. Batya Ungar-sargon, The New York Review of Books, "A Palestinian in Israeli Military Court: Issa Amro, the Judge, & Me," 17 June 2019 Research efforts dating back decades have helped scientists understand how genetic mutations cause some cancers to grow, and other scientific advances have helped them learn how tumors evade the body’s defenses. Drew Armstrong, BostonGlobe.com, "Pfizer expands in cancer care with $10.6 billion deal for Array," 17 June 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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