- 1evade (doing) something to escape from somebody/something or avoid meeting somebody For two weeks they evaded the press. He managed to evade capture.
- 2evade (doing) something to find a way of not doing something, especially something that legally or morally you should do to evade payment of taxes She is trying to evade all responsibility for her behaviour. He never sought to evade his responsibilities.
- 3to avoid dealing with or talking about something evade something Come on, don't you think you're evading the issue? evade doing something to evade answering a question
- 4evade somebody (formal) to not come or happen to somebody synonym elude The answer evaded him (= he could not think of it). see also evasion, evasive Word Origin late 15th cent.: from French évader, from Latin evadere from e- (variant of ex-)
BrE BrE//ɪˈveɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈveɪd//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they evade
BrE BrE//ɪˈveɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈveɪd//he / she / it evades
BrE BrE//ɪˈveɪdz//; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈveɪdz//past simple evaded
BrE BrE//ɪˈveɪdɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈveɪdɪd//past participle evaded
BrE BrE//ɪˈveɪdɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈveɪdɪd//-ing form evading
BrE BrE//ɪˈveɪdɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈveɪdɪŋ//