- 1Escape or avoid, especially by cleverness or trickery: friends helped him to evade capture for a time he tried to kiss her, but she evaded himMore example sentences
- Many of them, including suspected murderers and rapists, continue to evade police capture for months or even years.
- Both are cunning predators that can evade any attempts of capture or extinction.
- Poetry cannot escape ideology nor can evade the class struggle since the latter indirectly or more directly inform the poet's political and artistic consciousness.
- 1.1(Of an abstract thing) elude (someone): sleep still evaded herMore example sentences
- She was trying to sleep, but sleep was evading her.
- Sleep evaded me, for all I could think about was her.
- But, sleep evaded her, and she sat in the bus looking out the window the entire trip.
- 1.2Avoid giving a direct answer to (a question): he denied evading the questionMore example sentences
- Parliamentary question time is full of wonderful examples of extended verbs, conjunctions and prepositional phrases employed to evade answering a question.
- Ask him about the high points in his career as a civil servant, and he will first try to evade answering that question.
- Certainly in person he answers - or evades - questions dutifully and without emotion.
- 1.3Avoid dealing with or accepting; contrive not to do (something morally or legally required): difficulties to be faced and not evadedMore example sentences
- When we dare to accept the full social responsibilities that governments are seeking to evade, we shall gain the initiative and defeat our unhappiness.
- This is a matter of deliberate policy from management, who hope to evade some of their responsibilities for training and supporting workers and to cut costs.
- But if we accept this framework, we are evading a larger truth.
- 1.4Escape paying (tax or duty), especially by illegitimate presentation of one’s finances.More example sentences
- It found that the legal fees were related to the conspiracy to evade income taxes and were not related to the tribute payments made on behalf of the corporation.
- Aiding and abetting is a criminal offence, and if proven that an accountant, financial adviser or bookkeeper encouraged a customer to evade tax, then they can face fines or jail.
- Finally, underinvoicing can be used to evade ad valorem tariffs.
- 1.5Defeat the intention of (a law or rule), especially while complying with its letter.More example sentences
- Furthermore, clever legislators can readily evade a constitutional rule that depends on finding evidence of an illicit purpose.
- The intention of the Act was to prevent writers and publishers evading the law by remaining anonymous.
- As a matter of course, corporations tried to evade laws and regulations if they stood in the way of profits.
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- Many businesses and individuals don't pay the monies they owe Government because, as Auditor General Larry Dennis pointed out this week, they regard such payments as ‘optional, avoidable or evadable’.
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- We are increasingly successful at catching evaders and this is a warning to anyone who thinks they can get away with it.
- Second, it would put the democratic government in a position to prosecute those who refuse to participate (with the government) as tax evaders…
- So we are urging all evaders to buy a licence before they get caught.
late 15th century: from French évader, from Latin evadere, from e- (variant of ex-) 'out of' + vadere 'go'.