Simple Definition of elude
: to avoid or escape (someone or something) by being quick, skillful, or clever
: to fail to be understood or remembered by (someone)
: to fail to be achieved by (someone)
Examples of elude
The killer was able to elude the police.
The killer has eluded capture.
The cause of the disease continues to elude researchers.
Origin of elude
Latin eludere, from e- + ludere to play — more at ludicrous
First Known Use: 1667
Synonym Discussion of elude
ELUDE Defined for Kids
Definition of elude
: to avoid or escape by being quick, skillful, or tricky
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