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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)

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.

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 ..."