evade

When you evade something, you escape it. You could evade a police chase by slipping into a secret alley, or you could evade your mother's questions about the missing cookies by slipping into another topic.

Other things people like to evade? Death. Taxes. Creepy ex-boyfriends. The verb evade comes from Latin roots ex ("away) and vadere ("to walk"), meaning literally "to walk away or to escape." Definitely what you want to do with creepy ex-boyfriends.

Definitions of evade
1

v avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)

“They tend to evade their responsibilities”
“he evaded the questions skillfully”
Synonyms:
circumvent, dodge, duck, elude, fudge, hedge, parry, put off, sidestep, skirt
Types:
beg
dodge, avoid answering, or take for granted
quibble
evade the truth of a point or question by raising irrelevant objections
Type of:
avoid
stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something

v escape, either physically or mentally

“This difficult idea seems to evade her”
“The event evades explanation”
Synonyms:
bilk, elude
Type of:
break loose, escape, get away
run away from confinement

v practice evasion

“This man always hesitates and evades
Type of:
act, move
perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

v use cunning or deceit to escape or avoid

“The con man always evades
Type of:
escape, get away, get by, get off, get out
escape potentially unpleasant consequences; get away with a forbidden action

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