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

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”
circumvent, dodge, duck, elude, fudge, hedge, parry, put off, sidestep, skirt
dodge, avoid answering, or take for granted
evade the truth of a point or question by raising irrelevant objections
Type of:
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”
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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