1 a [+ object] : to move quickly to one side in order to avoid being hit by (someone or something)
He dodged the first punch but was hit by the second.
b always followed by an adverb or preposition, [no object] : to move quickly in order to avoid being hit, seen, stopped, etc.
She dodged through the crowds as she hurried home.
He dodged [=ducked] behind the bushes.
We dodged between the cars as we raced across the street.
2 [+ object] : to get away from or avoid (someone or something) in a skillful or dishonest way
She dodged [=evaded] the question by changing the subject.
They managed to dodge the reporters by leaving through the back exit.
She accused him of dodging his responsibilities as a parent.
Many young men tried to dodge the draft [=to avoid being drafted into the military] by leaving the country.