Definition of "evade" []

  • To escape or avoid by cleverness or deceit: evade arrest. (verb-transitive)
  • To avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing: evade responsibility. See Synonyms at escape. (verb-transitive)
  • To fail to make payment of (taxes). (verb-transitive)
  • To avoid giving a direct answer to. (verb-transitive)
  • To baffle or elude: The accident evades explanation. (verb-transitive)
  • To get away from or avoid (imprisonment, captors, etc); escape (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To get around, shirk, or dodge (the law, a duty, etc) (verb)
  • To avoid answering (a question) (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "evade" in a sentence
  • "He told the court: "I did not know what the word evade means," adding that over six years his companies paid a total of £55m in taxes."
  • "You again evade all the arguments I laid on the table in order to pyschologize about motives."
  • "The truth that men seek there to evade is that this small planet cannot survive a nuclear exchange ..."