\ 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 Jacobs is a smooth runner with likable elusiveness and impressive power to elude and run through tackle attempts. John Owning, Dallas News, "The NFL’s top 10 RBs entering 2020: Is the Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott the league’s best running back?," 7 Feb. 2020 But to inspire the requisite pity and terror, Anna needs to exude a passion that eludes and transcends medical and social diagnosis. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "‘Medea’ Review: Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale, Torched by Love," 30 Jan. 2020 Mark Wilburn is being held on charges of aggravated battery with a weapon, failure to appear for eluding law enforcement and attempted murder. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Indiana shooting suspect and his wife captured in Alabama after hours-long search," 29 Jan. 2020 The revelations came as authorities continued to investigate how the former auto executive eluded them and flew to Lebanon last week. Hisako Ueno, BostonGlobe.com, "Ghosn’s escape began with a ride on a public train," 6 Jan. 2020 Police charged the man with fleeing and eluding and OVI, and cited him for the improper lane change. cleveland, "Woman found asleep at the wheel is one of six reported OVI arrests last week: Shaker Heights police blotter," 15 Nov. 2019 The vehicle quickly accelerated in an attempt to elude the officer and then turned and started heading towards a school zone speeding up to 85 MPH. Houston Chronicle, "Memorial Villages Police Department weekly report," 21 Oct. 2019 Peoples, 42, was arrested on suspicion of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, attempt to elude and attempted assault on a peace officer. oregonlive, "Man arrested after trying to sideswipe police in stolen truck, officials say," 16 Oct. 2019 But Danny Ings pulled one back against the run of play in the 30th after Yan Valery eluded three Chelsea defenders and crossed for Ings at the near post. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Chelsea revival continues with 4-1 league win at Southampton," 6 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of elude was in 1667

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26 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Elude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elude. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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