verb (used with object), e·vad·ed, e·vad·ing.
  1. to escape from by trickery or cleverness: to evade one's pursuers.
  2. to get around by trickery: to evade rules.
  3. to avoid doing or fulfilling: to evade an obligation.
  4. to avoid answering directly: to evade a question.
  5. to elude; escape: The solution evaded him.
verb (used without object), e·vad·ed, e·vad·ing.
  1. to avoid doing or fulfilling something.
  2. 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 formse·vad·a·ble, e·vad·i·ble, adjectivee·vad·er, noune·vad·ing·ly, adverbnon·e·vad·a·ble, adjectivenon·e·vad·i·ble, adjectivenon·e·vad·ing, adjectivenon·e·vad·ing·ly, adverbpre·e·vade, verb (used with object), pre·e·vad·ed, pre·e·vad·ing.un·e·vad·a·ble, adjectiveun·e·vad·ed, adjectiveun·e·vad·i·ble, adjectiveun·e·vad·ing, adjective
Can be confusedavoid evade

Synonym study

1. See escape.
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British Dictionary definitions for evadable


verb (mainly tr)
  1. to get away from or avoid (imprisonment, captors, etc); escape
  2. to get around, shirk, or dodge (the law, a duty, etc)
  3. (also intr) to avoid answering (a question)
Derived Formsevadable, adjectiveevader, nounevadingly, adverb

Word Origin for evade

C16: from French évader, from Latin ēvādere to go forth, from vādere to go
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Word Origin and History for evadable



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.

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