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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
avoid/evade an issue (also dodge/duck an issueinformal) (= avoid discussing an issue)
▪ There is no point in evading the issue any longer.
avoid/evade/dodge a question (=not give a direct answer)
▪ He had skilfully evaded Margie’s questions.
▪ There was no point in evading the issue any longer.
▪ National leaders, when pressed, tried t6 hold the church together by evading the issue.
▪ Sadly, it chooses to evade these issues rather than to confront them.
▪ So far, I have evaded a central issue.
▪ The use of two separate screens evades this problem but produces a clumsy and inconvenient solution.
▪ I am using this fact as an excuse to evade the problem and leave it out of the classification altogether.
▪ I am not evading your question.
▪ She had evaded every probing question on that subject.
▪ It is a clear attempt to evade the question that is being put.
▪ If fecundity continued to evade her, the question of responsibility was bound to come up sooner or later.
▪ The Prime Minister evaded the question and never replied to it.
▪ I spent hours with that wretched boy evading his questions and seeming more stupid by the minute.
▪ Lady Clanranald returned to Nunton, where she kept Captain Ferguson busy, adroitly evading all questions as to where she had been.
▪ This is not to evade questions of strategy and tactics, merely to place them in an appropriate context.
▪ Once again men get the whip hand; they can exercise paternal rights or evade parental responsibilities-as they choose.
▪ Shortly thereafter, the organization evades reality and responsibility by blaming its troubles on either scapegoats or the hazards of fate.
▪ Local education authorities should not be allowed to evade their responsibility to implement a full policy for the promotion of community languages.
▪ I could tell her how carefully I have contrived to avoid difficulties and evade irksome responsibilities.
▪ Neither a man nor a corporation, like Delphi, possessing great influence, can evade political responsibility.
▪ They see social security staff as biased and prejudiced against the poor and only too ready to evade their responsibility to help.
▪ For two weeks they managed to evade the press.
▪ But Jackie Tiptoe managed to evade her vigilance.
▪ A sanitary code which sought to evade fundamental moral principles could never ultimately succeed.
▪ But by thus trying to evade a threatening situation, she nearly gets destroyed by it.
▪ If it isn't to do with your feelings about me, what other issue can you be trying to evade?
▪ Given a short start, and limited to an agreed area of bush, you had to try to evade discovery.
▪ Cuvier tried to evade one disturbing implication of extinction by linking the phenomenon to his theory of catastrophic geological changes.
▪ The evening's entertainment concluded with yobbos trying to evade the patrol of hefty stewards to get to the pitch.
▪ Many will not register and simply evade or try to evade the tax.
▪ Clever businessmen often manage to evade taxes.
▪ Fisher pleaded guilty to evading taxes on $51,000 of income.
▪ Politicians have come up with many tricks to evade campaign spending limits.
▪ Steve evaded the question when I asked him why he had left work so early.
▪ The best interviewers make it impossible for politicians to evade the questions.
▪ A yacht or fishing vessel would find it quite easy to evade our controls and could carry large amounts of contraband.
▪ But by thus trying to evade a threatening situation, she nearly gets destroyed by it.
▪ But will these stories actually help those who want to evade reform to change the subject?
▪ Could we evade the patrols on the roads?
▪ Hooligans often take care to evade police escorts and to slip into rival territories unobserved.
▪ She hadn't rejected him the first time, though, just evaded a decision, wanting him to strengthen it somehow.
▪ Today, these taxes are still levied by many Third World governments because they are straight forward to collect and hard to evade.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Evade \E*vade"\ (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Evaded; p. pr. & vb. n.. Evading.] [L. evadere, evasum, e out + vadere to go, walk: cf. F. s'['e]vader. See Wade.] 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.

The heathen had a method, more truly their own, of evading the Christian miracles.


Evade \E*vade"\, v. t.

  1. To escape; to slip away; -- sometimes with from. ``Evading from perils.''

    Unarmed they might Have easily, as spirits evaded swift By quick contraction or remove.

  2. To attempt to escape; to practice artifice or sophistry, for the purpose of eluding.

    The ministers of God are not to evade and take refuge any of these . . . ways.

    Syn: To equivocate; shuffle. See Prevaricate.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1510s, "escape," from Middle French evader, from Latin evadere "to escape, get away," from assimilated form of ex- "away" (see ex-) + vadere "to go, walk" (see vamoose). Special sense of "escape by trickery" is from 1530s. Related: Evaded; evading.\n


vb. 1 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. 2 To escape; to slip away; — sometimes with from. 3 To attempt to escape; to practice artifice or sophistry, for the purpose of eluding.

  1. v. avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues); "He dodged the issue"; "she skirted the problem"; "They tend to evade their responsibilities"; "he evaded the questions skillfully" [syn: hedge, fudge, put off, circumvent, parry, elude, skirt, dodge, duck, sidestep]

  2. escape, either physically or mentally; "The thief eluded the police"; "This difficult idea seems to evade her"; "The event evades explanation" [syn: elude, bilk]

  3. practice evasion; "This man always hesitates and evades"

  4. use cleverness or deceit to escape or avoid; "The con mane always evades"

Usage examples of "evade".

Gradually, Seregil introduced Alec to more clandestine procedures-a little innocent housebreaking, or making a game of evading the notice of the Harbor Watch in the rough byways of the Lower City.

Whenever I tried to make her talk about the captain she would change the subject of conversation, or evade my insinuations with a tact and a shrewdness which astonished and delighted me at the same time, for everything she said bore the impress of grace and wit.

Thus, while designer steroids are likely to haunt athletics for years to come, this is a fight the anti-doping agencies will eventually win, as dopers run out of drugs that not only work, but also evade an ever-more-sophisticated set of tests.

We evaded that and then bribed this same Gaius Caesar to confirm Auletes in his tenure of the throne.

But Brye, alive, though posing as a dead man, could not evade discovery.

The federal planners were hoping to avoid that extreme step, however, so to evade the restrictions of the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, which prohibited the U.

If the first few inspirations cause coughing, the smoke should not be evaded as the coughing incites deeper inspiration.

See Common Plea Reports, 1823 49 The Sunday men, as they are facetiously called in the fashionable world, are not now so numerous as formerly: the facility of a trip across the Channel enables many a shy cock to evade the scrutinizing eye and affectionate attachment of the law.

Then it appeared that the cook would not believe in them, and he did not send them, till they were quite faint, the peppery and muddy draught which impudently affected to be coffee, the oily slices of fugacious potatoes slipping about in their shallow dish and skillfully evading pursuit, the pieces of beef that simulated steak, the hot, greasy biscuit, steaming evilly up into the face when opened, and then soddening into masses of condensed dyspepsia.

But vos Hoven fell away from him, evading his grip and circled quickly to his own right.

Now Huron could keep track of the various incoming threats, and have a chance to evade them.

Basking in the praise, Jennet dared ask again the question her mistress had evaded earlier.

She poured another cup of high-caf Columbian and started thinking seriously about Shrike and its masters, and why everyone was evading as if she were a Congressional investigator out bird-dogging payola charges.

Tanaquil put out her hand to stroke the peeve, but it evaded her and plopped down into the room.

They have neodogs now that are indoctrinated from puppyhood to observe and evade without blowing their tops at the mere sight or smell of a Bug.