Evade vs invade

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Evade and invade are two words that are similar in pronunciation and spelling, and are often confused. We will examine the definitions of evade and invade, where these two words came from and some examples of their use in sentences.

To evade means to avoid or to escape something or someone. Evade may refer to a physical escape or an avoidance of something, such as paying taxes, fulfilling a moral obligation or answering a difficult question. Evade is a transitive verb, which is a verb that takes an object. Related words are evades, evaded, evading, evasion. The word evade is derived from the Latin word evadere which means to get away.

To invade means to enter a country, place or situation in overwhelming numbers in order to take control. Invade may refer to a military operation or other intrusion. The word invade is a transitive verb, related words are invades, invaded, invading, invader, invasion. Invade is derived from the Latin word invadere which means to get into.


A Massachusetts man was charged with accepting money to marry six women to help them evade immigration laws. (The New York Post)

For more than four years, Garrow managed to evade the police, Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann said. (The Auburn Citizen)

TURKEY’S leader of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) has threatened to invade “18 Greek islands in the Aegean Sea” if he comes to power that could trigger World War 3 as president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan continued his aggressive rhetoric after imposing his forces in Syria, it has emerged. (The Daily Express)

The Baftas red carpet was invaded by demonstrators wearing “Time’s Up Theresa” T-shirts as part of a campaign against domestic violence on Sunday evening. (The Telegraph)