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v. e·vad·ed, e·vad·ing, e·vades
1. To escape or avoid, especially by cleverness or deceit: managed to evade their pursuers; went underground in order to evade arrest.
a. To avoid complying with or fulfilling: evade the draft; evaded any legal responsibility.
b. To fail to make payment of (taxes).
3. To avoid giving a direct answer to: talked at length but evaded the interviewer's question.
4. To be beyond the memory or understanding of: The point of the article evades me.
1. To use cleverness or deceit in avoiding or escaping something.
2. To avoid complying with or fulfilling a requirement.

[French évader, from Latin ēvādere : ē-, ex-, ex- + vādere, to go.]

e·vad′a·ble, e·vad′i·ble adj.
e·vad′er n.
Synonyms: evade, elude, avoid, eschew
These verbs mean to get or stay away from something or someone undesirable. Evade implies adroit maneuvering and sometimes suggests dishonesty or irresponsibility: tried to evade jury duty. To elude is to get away from artfully: eluded their pursuers. Avoid suggests a prudent or deliberate effort to stay away from what is unpleasant, harmful, or disadvantageous: took the back roads to avoid the heavy traffic; followed his doctor's advice to avoid strenuous exercise. Eschew is a formal equivalent of avoid: "Eschew evil, and do good" (King James Bible).
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Any person isolated in hostile or unfriendly territory who eludes capture.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
References in classic literature ?
Now, she would light upon the shameful spectacle of some desolate creature--or some wretched ragged groups of either sex, or of both sexes, with children among them, huddled together like the smaller vermin for a little warmth--lingering and lingering on a doorstep, while the appointed evader of the public trust did his dirty office of trying to weary them out and so get rid of them.
For purposes of the law, any person that owns, possesses, controls, or is the beneficial owner of an offshore asset and does not declare or under declare or provides inaccurate particulars of such asset to the income tax commissioners will be considered an offshore tax evader.
Apart from the premises in the state, 10 other locations situated in Ludhiana, NCR and Jammu belonging to parties that have actively assisted the main tax evader in concealing his income and indulging in illegal activities have also been covered under survey action.
MANILA, Philippines The Department of Finance (DOF) has expressed optimism that the government would catch another major tax evader this year amid strengthened coordination between the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the Bureau of Customs (BOC).In a statement, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said he hopes the closer coordination between the BIR and the BOC would continue to play a role in the capture of large-scale tax evaders, especially after he had directed the two agencies to set up a joint task force against smuggling.
The Duterte administration has caught the biggest tax evader in the Philippines - namely, tobacco firm Mighty Corp., which has just paid the government P30 billion to settle its tax liabilities, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said on Monday.
This paper addresses the tactics of cooperative defense in an engagement between four aircraft: an evader, two defenders, and a pursuer.
Another evader justified the offence by saying "I don't need a TV licence because when we got divorced a court gave her half of everything, so I got the TV and she got the licence.
According to Evader, Kelly served as a special consultant to the company over the past year and aided the company in setting up systems for both engineering and manufacturing.
'No, that's not a TV you can hear in the background, it's a tape of adverts I play to entertain the children' - licence evader, Aberystwyth;
Si Kim Henares, walang tax evader na sinasanto (Kim Henares has been relentless against tax evaders), Aquino said.