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Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: évader, from Latin evadere, from vadere 'to go, walk'

evade

verb
     
e‧vade [transitive]
1

not talk about something

to avoid talking about something, especially because you are trying to hide something [↪ evasion]:
I could tell that he was trying to evade the issue.
The minister evaded the question.
2

not do something

to not do or deal with something that you should do [↪ evasion]:
You can't go on evading your responsibilities in this way.
You're simply trying to evade the problem.
3

not pay

to avoid paying money that you ought to pay, for example tax [↪ evasion]:
Employers will always try to find ways to evade tax.
4

escape

to escape from someone who is trying to catch you:
She managed to evade the police.
So far he has evaded capture.
5

not achieve/understand

formal if something evades you, you cannot do it or understand it [= elude]:
The subtleties of his argument evaded me.

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