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[ih-veyd] /ɪˈveɪd/
verb (used with object), evaded, evading.
to escape from by trickery or cleverness:
to evade one's pursuers.
Synonyms: avoid, dodge.
Antonyms: face, confront.
to get around by trickery:
to evade rules.
to avoid doing or fulfilling:
to evade an obligation.
to avoid answering directly:
to evade a question.
to elude; escape:
The solution evaded him.
verb (used without object), evaded, evading.
to avoid doing or fulfilling something.
to elude or get away from someone or something by craft or slyness; escape.
Origin of evade
1505-15; < Latin ēvādere to pass over, go out, equivalent to ē- e-1 + vādere to go, walk
Related forms
evadable, evadible, adjective
evader, noun
evadingly, adverb
nonevadable, adjective
nonevadible, adjective
nonevading, adjective
nonevadingly, adverb
preevade, verb (used with object), preevaded, preevading.
unevadable, adjective
unevaded, adjective
unevadible, adjective
unevading, adjective
Can be confused
avoid, evade.
Synonym Study
1. See escape. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for evade
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  • He tried to evade immediate payment, but on this point his creditor was peremptory.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • Manlike, having raised the issue, K. would have given much to evade it.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • "You are trying to evade me, Mr. Hewson," she said, with a severity he found charming.

    Questionable Shapes William Dean Howells
  • It is of no use for us to think to evade this law; neither is it a law wholly of retribution.

  • In his nobler moods he feels that this is but to evade the difficulty.


    James Anthony Froude
British Dictionary definitions for evade


verb (mainly transitive)
to get away from or avoid (imprisonment, captors, etc); escape
to get around, shirk, or dodge (the law, a duty, etc)
(also intransitive) to avoid answering (a question)
Derived Forms
evadable, adjective
evader, noun
evadingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from French évader, from Latin ēvādere to go forth, from vādere to go
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Word Origin and History for evade

1510s, "escape," from Middle French evader, from Latin evadere "to escape, get away," from ex- "away" (see ex-) + vadere "to go, walk" (see vamoose). Related: Evaded; evading. Special sense of "escape by trickery" is from 1530s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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