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English verb: evade

1. evade (communication) avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)

SamplesHe dodged the issue.
She skirted the problem.
They tend to evade their responsibilities.
He evaded the questions skillfully.

Synonymscircumvent, dodge, duck, elude, fudge, hedge, parry, put off, sidestep, skirt

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)avoid

Narrower (hyponym)beg, quibble

2. evade (motion) escape, either physically or mentally

SamplesThe thief eluded the police.
This difficult idea seems to evade her.
The event evades explanation.

Synonymsbilk, elude

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)break loose, escape, get away

3. evade (social) practice evasion

SamplesThis man always hesitates and evades.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)act, move

4. evade (communication) use cunning or deceit to escape or avoid

SamplesThe con man always evades.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)escape, get away, get by, get off, get out

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