elude verb \ē-ˈlüd\
: 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)
: to avoid adroitly : evade <the mice eluded the traps> <managed to elude capture>
: to escape the perception, understanding, or grasp of <subtlety simply eludes them> <victory continued to elude us>
: defy 4 <it eludes explanation>
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
to play — more at ludicrous
First Known Use: 1667
Related to ELUDE
- avoid, dodge, duck, escape, eschew, evade, finesse, get around, scape, shake, shirk, shuffle (out of), shun, weasel (out of)
See Synonym Discussion at escape
Rhymes with ELUDE
, blood feud
, health food
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, plant food
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