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 in a sentence
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 for Students
: to avoid or escape by being quick, skillful, or tricky
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