[ ih-veyd ]
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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.

  1. to avoid doing or fulfilling: to evade an obligation.

  2. to avoid answering directly: to evade a question.

  3. 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

First recorded in 1505–15; from Latin ēvādere “to pass over, go out,” equivalent to ē- “out of, from” + vādere “to go, walk” see e-1

synonym study For evade

1. See escape.

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Other words from evade

  • e·vad·a·ble, e·vad·i·ble, adjective
  • e·vad·er, noun
  • e·vad·ing·ly, adverb
  • non·e·vad·a·ble, adjective
  • non·e·vad·i·ble, adjective
  • non·e·vad·ing, adjective
  • non·e·vad·ing·ly, adverb
  • pre·e·vade, verb (used with object), pre·e·vad·ed, pre·e·vad·ing.
  • un·e·vad·a·ble, adjective
  • un·e·vad·ed, adjective
  • un·e·vad·i·ble, adjective
  • un·e·vad·ing, adjective

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How to use evade in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for evade


/ (ɪˈveɪd) /

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)

  1. (also intr) to avoid answering (a question)

Origin of evade

C16: from French évader, from Latin ēvādere to go forth, from vādere to go

Derived forms of evade

  • evadable, adjective
  • evader, noun
  • evadingly, adverb

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