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 As will become clear, many of the viral genes contribute to the virus's ability to evade the immune system early on, allowing the virus to enter and escape before detection. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2021 In an attempt to evade arrest, the suspect allegedly began shooting at four police officers, striking two. Harriet Sokmensuer, PEOPLE.com, 5 Oct. 2021 Kierczak is among the latest people charged with selling coronavirus vaccine cards as some attempt to evade immunization requirements. Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2021 The agencies noted that Puff Bar brand vapes are made using synthetic nicotine, perhaps in an attempt to evade FDA's mandate to regulate tobacco products. Maggie Fox, CNN, 30 Sep. 2021 Sheriff’s officers attempted to stop the vehicle for speeding an improper display of a license plate, but the driver maneuvered the vehicle through a gas station at a high rate of speed in an attempt to evade officers, according to the news release. Carrie Napoleon, chicagotribune.com, 28 Sep. 2021 In California, the state medical board is investigating a doctor who critics say is handing out dozens of one-sentence mask exemptions for children in an attempt to evade the statewide school mask requirement. Arkansas Online, 22 Aug. 2021 In California, the state medical board is investigating a doctor who critics say is handing out dozens of one-sentence mask exemptions for children in an attempt to evade the statewide school mask requirement. BostonGlobe.com, 21 Aug. 2021 In California, the state medical board is investigating a doctor who critics say is handing out dozens of one-sentence mask exemptions for children in an attempt to evade the statewide school mask requirement. Gillian Flaccus, Janie Har And Sara Cline, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Aug. 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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16 Oct 2021

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“Evade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evade. Accessed 18 Oct. 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

evade

transitive verb
\ 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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