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. verb
    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
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    types:
    beg, beg the question
    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
  2. verb
    escape, either physically or mentally
    “This difficult idea seems to evade her”
    “The event evades explanation”
    synonyms: bilk, elude
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    type of:
    break loose, escape, get away
    run away from confinement
  3. verb
    practice evasion
    “This man always hesitates and evades
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    type of:
    act, move
    perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
  4. verb
    use cunning or deceit to escape or avoid
    “The con man always evades
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    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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