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evade

[ih-veyd] /ɪˈveɪd/
verb (used with object), evaded, evading.
1.
to escape from by trickery or cleverness:
to evade one's pursuers.
Synonyms: avoid, dodge.
Antonyms: face, confront.
2.
to get around by trickery:
to evade rules.
3.
to avoid doing or fulfilling:
to evade an obligation.
4.
to avoid answering directly:
to evade a question.
5.
to elude; escape:
The solution evaded him.
verb (used without object), evaded, evading.
6.
to avoid doing or fulfilling something.
7.
to elude or get away from someone or something by craft or slyness; escape.
Origin
1505-1515
1505-15; < Latin ēvādere to pass over, go out, equivalent to ē- e-1 + vādere to go, walk
Related forms
evadable, evadible, adjective
evader, noun
evadingly, adverb
nonevadable, adjective
nonevadible, adjective
nonevading, adjective
nonevadingly, adverb
preevade, verb (used with object), preevaded, preevading.
unevadable, adjective
unevaded, adjective
unevadible, adjective
unevading, adjective
Can be confused
avoid, evade.
Synonym Study
1. See escape.
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British Dictionary definitions for evade

evade

/ɪˈveɪd/
verb (mainly transitive)
1.
to get away from or avoid (imprisonment, captors, etc); escape
2.
to get around, shirk, or dodge (the law, a duty, etc)
3.
(also intransitive) to avoid answering (a question)
Derived Forms
evadable, adjective
evader, noun
evadingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from French évader, from Latin ēvādere to go forth, from vādere to go
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Word Origin and History for evade
v.

1510s, "escape," from Middle French evader, from Latin evadere "to escape, get away," from ex- "away" (see ex-) + vadere "to go, walk" (see vamoose). Related: Evaded; evading. Special sense of "escape by trickery" is from 1530s.

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