evade - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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/ɪˈveɪd/
present tense
I/you/we/theyevade
he/she/itevades
present participleevading
past tenseevaded
past participleevaded
  1. 1
    to avoid accepting or dealing with something that you should do

    He had become an expert at evading responsibility.

    She was found guilty of evading taxes amounting to nearly £500,000.

    1. b.
  2. 2
    to avoid being caught, especially after you have done something illegal
    evade capture/prosecution/the authorities:

    The armed robbers evaded capture, escaping in a stolen vehicle.

  3. 3
    mainly literary if something such as success or happiness evades you, you do not succeed in achieving it