Definition of evade in English:



[with object]
  • 1Escape or avoid (someone or something), especially by guile or trickery.

    ‘friends helped him to evade capture for a time’
    • ‘Sensing something was wrong, Helen's mother managed to evade capture but it was only once on the train with her two sisters, grandmother and aunt did Helen realise the danger.’
    • ‘For the remaining three hours of the exercise, I stank to high heaven with other members of the patrol deliberately evading me.’
    • ‘But he largely faded away to evade capture, resurfacing in 1304.’
    • ‘Several lines of evidence suggest that twig anoles rely more on stealth than speed to capture prey and evade predators.’
    • ‘Percy, determined to evade capture once more, somehow escaped to Marseilles.’
    • ‘Now I had to be in a survival mode and try to evade capture.’
    • ‘Not only is she forced to take on new lives as she evades capture, all of her political convictions are tested when the Berlin Wall falls and the Stasi are suddenly working with West German police.’
    • ‘Testing experts seem certain that athletes who cheat often evade detection.’
    • ‘He managed to evade two recapture attempts with guile, spirit and a kick like Czechoslovakian absinthe.’
    • ‘She relies on stealth and sneaking around to evade foes or avoid damage.’
    • ‘He swooped and swerved, dived and dodged, and down below, everyone ran around like ants, evading the shells that lost energy and feel like meteors.’
    • ‘Many of them, including suspected murderers and rapists, continue to evade police capture for months or even years.’
    • ‘Stubbornly, he shook his head, evading the assault.’
    • ‘The Kilnsey Park three have successfully evaded traps that caught their fellow escapees and are foiling staff's attempts to win them back.’
    • ‘While her efforts to escape may serve to evade death, it is doubtful that she has the concepts of life and death, and the desire to live.’
    • ‘Poetry cannot escape ideology nor can evade the class struggle since the latter indirectly or more directly inform the poet's political and artistic consciousness.’
    • ‘For five years he evaded police in Mexico, Canada and France before being captured in England.’
    • ‘However, rebels didn't launch any of their own flyers; opting instead, to try and evade the ships and make their escape.’
    • ‘Both are cunning predators that can evade any attempts of capture or extinction.’
    elude, avoid, dodge, escape, escape from, stay away from, steer clear of, run away from, break away from, lose, leave behind, shake, shake off, keep at arm's length, keep out of someone's way, give someone a wide berth, sidestep, keep one's distance from
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    1. 1.1 (of an abstract thing) elude (someone)
      ‘sleep still evaded her’
      • ‘She was trying to sleep, but sleep was evading her.’
      • ‘It was evading her, as most of her dreams did… but she knew it would come back that night.’
      • ‘My current predicament is not on the same scale as some of those I have previously found myself in but none the less a solution evades me for now.’
      • ‘How I managed that was a mystery to which the answer still evaded me.’
      • ‘He was sure sleep would evade him, with his mind still spinning fruitlessly on its search for information that wasn't there.’
      • ‘But, sleep evaded her, and she sat in the bus looking out the window the entire trip.’
      • ‘Sleep evaded her these days, but for some reason that sensation seemed vaguely familiar.’
      • ‘His Grandmaster norm came in 2001, but a clear first prize was evading him.’
      • ‘The Medium was somewhat pleased in delivering pain to the one that had caused her blindness; however, complete satisfaction evaded her.’
      • ‘Sleep evaded me, for all I could think about was her.’
      • ‘The reality of my childhood evaded me all my life and only accidentally revealed itself last week some thirty-plus years later during a phone call with my mother.’
      • ‘So at the end of the night, he still was surrounded by fog and sleep still evaded him and he was still alone.’
      • ‘I suggest from personal experience and an unscientific poll of friends that birth as sexual ecstasy evaded us all.’
      • ‘The traditional food expert, whose name evades me, insisted that carrots very rarely had a role to play in the kitchens of Ireland in years gone by.’
      • ‘That took me the entire weekend and when I finally got down to writing, inspiration evaded me so I've been having a little trouble.’
      • ‘Alternatively, you solve the problems of the world, which become increasingly more difficult as the vodka takes hold of you and you wake up the next morning laughing to yourself remembering the whole conversation, but his name evades you!’
      • ‘The song was loud and beautiful, and powerful, and it came from a creature that I thought I would never, ever see again, and all strength evaded me and a weakness set in.’
      • ‘The bedroom furniture is a long running ‘issue’ in the gemmak and PG household and as yet an agreement on style and type still evades us.’
      • ‘The humor however evaded Allen and he only put forth a weak, forced smile for the director, clueless as to what he found so hilarious.’
      • ‘The discovery of silicon as an element evaded chemists for many years because of the stability of most silicon compounds.’
    2. 1.2 Avoid giving a direct answer to (a question)
      ‘he denied evading the question’
      • ‘I would evade that question because the reputations are still being made, and the last major generation is passing into retirement.’
      • ‘I responded tightly, evading his question and trying to show my dislike for his uncalled nosiness.’
      • ‘It wasn't until that moment that I realized that he had successfully evaded my earlier question of what his type of girl was.’
      • ‘The word that captured the meanings of both the plough and seven stars at the same time is nangol and it holds the key to this millennium old question that has evaded an answer so far.’
      • ‘The Israelites realizing this started to ask foolish questions in order to evade receiving this law.’
      • ‘It certainly merits a full-powers independent judicial investigation where questions cannot be evaded.’
      • ‘If members are not aware that these considerations exist then the question will be evaded or simply go unanswered.’
      • ‘It's one of the big questions, alternately evaded and disputed over four decades of historical writing.’
      • ‘Parliamentary question time is full of wonderful examples of extended verbs, conjunctions and prepositional phrases employed to evade answering a question.’
      • ‘Ask him about the high points in his career as a civil servant, and he will first try to evade answering that question.’
      • ‘There seems to be an ethos developing that no one should take responsibility for any of their acts, that they should try to evade, avoid, deny.’
      • ‘Faith was amused by evading his questioned and watching him get frustrated.’
      • ‘With National and ACT looking to dominate the taxation issue this election year Labour would have been searching for a novel and newsworthy response that evades the question of responding to opposition demands on economic policy.’
      • ‘And, in fact, so much time and energy is devoted to their staging precisely to evade that more difficult question.’
      • ‘These good practices shouldn't let us evade the tougher questions about how we justify importing active learning techniques into the classroom.’
      • ‘I am not trying to evade your Honour's questions, but again this case, as it has progressed through, is crystallised.’
      • ‘For weeks, months, and even years, this Government has evaded answering questions in this House.’
      • ‘So I did the only thing I could to evade giving an immediate answer.’
      • ‘He evaded a direct reply to questions on the possibility of induction of new faces in his ministry saying that the entire process, including oath ceremony if necessary, would be completed by July six.’
      • ‘Certainly in person he answers - or evades - questions dutifully and without emotion.’
      avoid, not give a straight answer to, dodge, sidestep, bypass, hedge, fence, fend off, parry, skirt round, fudge, quibble about, be equivocal about, be evasive about
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    3. 1.3 Avoid dealing with or accepting (something unpleasant or morally or legally required)
      ‘he never sought to evade responsibility for his actions’
      • ‘There was a duty to fight which could not be evaded or delegated.’
      • ‘But at the same time, he treated the effort to think politically instead of psychologically as a way of evading one's own complicity, a refusal to face one's own sick longing for weakness.’
      • ‘When we dare to accept the full social responsibilities that governments are seeking to evade, we shall gain the initiative and defeat our unhappiness.’
      • ‘The section should be interpreted to impute income where the obligor has pursued a deliberate course of conduct for the purpose of evading child support obligations.’
      • ‘This is a matter of deliberate policy from management, who hope to evade some of their responsibilities for training and supporting workers and to cut costs.’
      • ‘But if we accept this framework, we are evading a larger truth.’
      • ‘Washington is a strong advocate of such initiatives, but critics say they are a way of evading state responsibilities.’
      • ‘This in my judgment is also not significant except to show he is well able to deal with cross-examination and to seek to evade giving inconvenient but truthful answers.’
      • ‘The FSA stands accused of passing the buck, of evading responsibility for the regulatory process by handing it over to the banks.’
      • ‘States have found many means of evading international obligations.’
      • ‘Liberals who evade such an easily recognized truth of human nature are living in a delusional world, and it is because of their delusions that we are now in the mess we are in.’
      • ‘More easily attained, though, is the goal of evading immediate responsibility for, and criticism of, one's acts.’
      • ‘If implemented, Straw's curfew will allow adults to evade taking responsibility for the welfare of future generations.’
    4. 1.4 Escape paying (tax or duty), especially by illegitimate presentation of one's finances.
      ‘she was sentenced on three counts of conspiracy to evade taxes’
      • ‘Two recent pieces of EU legislation will dramatically affect the ability to evade tax using foreign accounts.’
      • ‘Some used the accounts to evade tax, while many others simply used them for practical reasons.’
      • ‘It found that the legal fees were related to the conspiracy to evade income taxes and were not related to the tribute payments made on behalf of the corporation.’
      • ‘If a bank official knew or ought to have known that a customer was using an account to evade tax, he or she is accountable under the law.’
      • ‘Farmers are more likely to evade tax than any other group.’
      • ‘Lower taxes give earners less reason to avoid and evade tax, and more reason to put in extra effort.’
      • ‘If you failed to file a return, or if a return you filed was false, fraudulent or a willful attempt to evade tax, then there's no limitation period at all.’
      • ‘Merchants on both sides of the border were all too happy to evade taxes.’
      • ‘Aiding and abetting is a criminal offence, and if proven that an accountant, financial adviser or bookkeeper encouraged a customer to evade tax, then they can face fines or jail.’
      • ‘A large share of total deposits in the havens come from upper-middle-class residents of Europe and North America who simply want to evade taxes.’
      • ‘Already, €38.7 million has been recovered from Irish residents who used the Ansbacher deposits to evade tax.’
      • ‘Businesses seek to evade what are perceived as unacceptably high taxes or overly restrictive regulations; mafia groups thrive by providing a means for them to do so.’
      • ‘It is a much more serious offence to knowingly evade tax than not to pay due to lack of knowledge of one's affairs.’
      • ‘Finally, underinvoicing can be used to evade ad valorem tariffs.’
      • ‘The point is that there is no practical way to evade taxes on real property.’
      • ‘There are so many incentives available in the Irish tax system that the taxpayer with substantial income does not need to evade tax.’
      • ‘They may be tempted to avoid and evade the tax levies or even escape to tax havens.’
      • ‘I find it incredible that you should be involved in buying, for whatever reason, one million cigarettes on which the duty had been evaded.’
      • ‘The EU has long been the main source of business, led by Italy, as Europeans have sought to evade high domestic taxes.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the elite enjoyed their privileges and happily evaded their taxes.’
    5. 1.5 Act contrary to the intention of (a law or rule), especially while complying with its letter.
      ‘suppliers can evade or manipulate regulations’
      • ‘But the international dimension of the internet has helped to safeguard freedom, because a decentralised medium evades the rule of law in specific jurisdictions.’
      • ‘This right can be evaded by classifying the patient as incapable of taking such a decision.’
      • ‘The intention of the Act was to prevent writers and publishers evading the law by remaining anonymous.’
      • ‘After all, drafters of legislation, being human, are imperfect, and some may craftily try to evade even the best-designed laws.’
      • ‘What, indeed, would be the point of establishing elaborately protective rules of criminal procedure if they could be evaded by simply relying on administrative detention?’
      • ‘I have found few decided Canadian cases about evading sentencing.’
      • ‘As a matter of course, corporations tried to evade laws and regulations if they stood in the way of profits.’
      • ‘You can convert profits to losses, put money in phony loans, buy businesses without people knowing who you are, and evade all laws regulating money.’
      • ‘Furthermore, clever legislators can readily evade a constitutional rule that depends on finding evidence of an illicit purpose.’
      • ‘First, it would enable the provisions of the 1980 Act to be evaded in many cases in an artificial way.’
      • ‘Thus the US and Canadian vessel owners re-registered their vessels under Japanese and other flags to evade the US and Canadian regulations.’
      • ‘In no sense do I advocate evading or defying the law…’
      • ‘International law seems to be evaded, blatantly and clearly.’
      • ‘Such regulations could be evaded by both workers and employers, but most workers, whether serving an internal or external indenture, did return to their villages.’


Late 15th century: from French évader, from Latin evadere from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out of’ + vadere ‘go’.