from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To escape or avoid by cleverness or deceit: evade arrest.
- transitive v. To avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing: evade responsibility. See Synonyms at escape.
- transitive v. To fail to make payment of (taxes).
- transitive v. To avoid giving a direct answer to.
- transitive v. To baffle or elude: The accident evades explanation.
- intransitive v. To practice evasion.
- intransitive v. To use cleverness or deceit in avoiding or escaping.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To get away from by artifice; to avoid by dexterity, subterfuge, address, or ingenuity; to elude; to escape from cleverly; as, to evade a blow, a pursuer, a punishment; to evade the force of an argument.
- v. To escape; to slip away; — sometimes with from.
- v. To attempt to escape; to practice artifice or sophistry, for the purpose of eluding.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To get away from by artifice; to avoid by dexterity, subterfuge, address, or ingenuity; to elude; to escape from cleverly.
- transitive v. To escape; to slip away; -- sometimes with from.
- transitive v. To attempt to escape; to practice artifice or sophistry, for the purpose of eluding.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To avoid by effort or contrivance; escape from or elude in any way, as by dexterity, artifice, stratagem, or address; slip away from; get out of the way of: as, to evade a blow; to evade pursuers.
- To escape the reach or comprehension of; baffle or foil: as, a mystery that evades inquiry.
- To escape; slip away: with from.
- To practise evasion; use elusive methods.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. escape, either physically or mentally
- v. practice evasion
- v. use cunning or deceit to escape or avoid
- v. avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)
He told the court: "I did not know what the word evade means," adding that over six years his companies paid a total of £55m in taxes.
You again evade all the arguments I laid on the table in order to pyschologize about motives.
The truth that men seek there to evade is that this small planet cannot survive a nuclear exchange ...
Anyone who has once taken up the WORD can never again evade it; a writer is not the detached judge of his compatriots and contemporaries, he is an accomplice to all the evil committed in his native land or by his countrymen.
Note I said avoid, (legal), not evade, which is not.
The report from Harkin's office alleges that dollars from military benefits allow for-profit schools to "evade" a federal rule that no more than 90 percent of their revenues come from federal Title IV money, such as Pell Grants.
Since then, we have managed to "evade" parts of our Constitution, incarcerate many without due process in that our nation has been sold the threat of Terrorism as we were sold on the threat of Communism over fifty years ago.
Ah yes, they didn't want to fix the problem, and get us our money back, because then the Democrats would "evade" responsibility for George Bush having given AIG the money in the first place last September.
SURWEICKI: Well, the fascinating thing is that he's somehow been able to kind of evade a lot of the blame for this as chairman and, you know, he's sort of above the big picture.
An agency proceeding "to assess the appropriate response to a significant court case hardly constitutes an effort to 'evade' the Comcast decision," Feld wrote.