Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To escape or avoid, especially by cleverness or deceit.
  • intransitive verb To avoid complying with or fulfilling.
  • intransitive verb To fail to make payment of (taxes).
  • intransitive verb To avoid giving a direct answer to.
  • intransitive verb To be beyond the memory or understanding of.
  • intransitive verb To use cleverness or deceit in avoiding or escaping something.
  • intransitive verb To avoid complying with or fulfilling a requirement.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To avoid by effort or contrivance; escape from or elude in any way, as by dexterity, artifice, stratagem, or address; slip away from; get out of the way of: as, to evade a blow; to evade pursuers.
  • To escape the reach or comprehension of; baffle or foil: as, a mystery that evades inquiry.
  • To escape; slip away: with from.
  • To practise evasion; use elusive methods.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To escape; to slip away; -- sometimes with from.
  • transitive verb To attempt to escape; to practice artifice or sophistry, for the purpose of eluding.
  • transitive verb To get away from by artifice; to avoid by dexterity, subterfuge, address, or ingenuity; to elude; to escape from cleverly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To get away from by artifice; to avoid by dexterity, subterfuge, address, or ingenuity; to elude; to escape from cleverly; as, to evade a blow, a pursuer, a punishment; to evade the force of an argument.
  • verb To escape; to slip away; — sometimes with from.
  • verb To attempt to escape; to practice artifice or sophistry, for the purpose of eluding.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb escape, either physically or mentally
  • verb practice evasion
  • verb use cunning or deceit to escape or avoid
  • verb avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French évader, from Latin ēvādere : ē-, ex-, ex- + vādere, to go.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin ēvādō ("I pass or go over; flee"), from ē ("out of, from") + vādō ("I go; walk"): compare French évader. See wade.

Examples

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  • FFS this is the standard of modern Australian journalism:

    "A man and a woman have been arrested after they tried to run from police, the second evade incident in two days."

    - Two Arrested After Police Evade, Hobart Mercury, 13/4/2018.

    April 12, 2018