verb (used with object), e·vad·ed, e·vad·ing.

verb (used without object), e·vad·ed, e·vad·ing.

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 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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Examples from the Web for evade

Contemporary Examples of evade

Historical Examples of evade

  • 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.


    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 tr)

to get away from or avoid (imprisonment, captors, etc); escape
to get around, shirk, or dodge (the law, a duty, etc)
(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 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.

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