- to escape from by trickery or cleverness: to evade one's pursuers.
- 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.
- 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
1. See escape.
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Related Words for evaderdebtor, offender, hoodlum, felon, wrongdoer, lawbreaker, defaulter, idealist, romanticist, malefactor, reprobate, culprit, miscreant, desperado, outlaw, punk, loafer, behind, recreant, derelict
- 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)
Word Origin for evade
C16: from French évader, from Latin ēvādere to go forth, from vādere to go
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