\ ē-ˈlüd How to pronounce elude (audio) \
eluded; eluding

Definition of elude

transitive verb

1 : to avoid adroitly : evade the mice eluded the traps managed to elude capture
2 : to escape the perception, understanding, or grasp of subtlety simply eludes them victory continued to elude us
3 : defy sense 2 it eludes explanation

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escape, avoid, evade, elude, shun, eschew mean to get away or keep away from something. escape stresses the fact of getting away or being passed by not necessarily through effort or by conscious intent. nothing escapes her sharp eyes avoid stresses forethought and caution in keeping clear of danger or difficulty. try to avoid past errors evade implies adroitness, ingenuity, or lack of scruple in escaping or avoiding. evaded the question by changing the subject elude implies a slippery or baffling quality in the person or thing that escapes. what she sees in him eludes me shun often implies an avoiding as a matter of habitual practice or policy and may imply repugnance or abhorrence. you have shunned your responsibilities eschew implies an avoiding or abstaining from as unwise or distasteful. a playwright who eschews melodrama

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web In knowing that one of the gifts of our experience is being able to ask questions at all, even if the answers might always elude us. Deboki Chakravarti, Scientific American, 27 Aug. 2021 The driver was charged with fleeing and attempting to elude. Tandra Smith | Tsmith@al.com, al, 10 Aug. 2021 The other person arrested was identified as 18-year-old Tavon Wilson, who was charged with attempting to elude police, reckless driving and recklessly endangering another person. oregonlive, 27 July 2021 An arrest for fleeing or attempting to elude a peace officer was reported at 9:21 p.m. March 22 in the 100 block of West Benton Avenue. Ken Manson, chicagotribune.com, 6 Apr. 2021 Even with the greatest care to guard against tragedies like Tucson and Virginia Tech, some people with mental illness who are violent will elude care. Meg Kissinger, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Aug. 2021 Jamall King, 29 was charged with drug trafficking (Fentanyl), attempted to elude, marijuana possession and fourth degree property theft. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, 14 July 2021 When the officer turned on their overhead lights, the driver started driving erratically in an attempt to elude police. John Benson, cleveland, 18 Aug. 2021 The variant most likely to elude immune protection was Beta, or B.1.351 -- the variant first seen in South Africa. CNN, 12 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of elude

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for elude

Latin eludere, from e- + ludere to play — more at ludicrous

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“Elude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elude. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners 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)


\ i-ˈlüd How to pronounce elude (audio) \
eluded; eluding

Kids Definition of elude

: to avoid or escape by being quick, skillful, or tricky

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