\ 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 Count on Murray to elude Washington better than Carson Wentz did. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "Which NFL figures need to prove in Week 2 that first game wasn't a fluke?," 20 Sep. 2020 Even the coaches in the series have largely seen the Cup elude them. Andrew Knoll, New York Times, "Dallas Has Rallied and Tampa Bay Has Cruised. Now They’ll Collide.," 18 Sep. 2020 But believe it or not, that logic seems to regularly elude a lot of people. Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland, "Ten ways videoconferencing mirrors life: Sun Messages," 7 Sep. 2020 The driver, Craig Abe McCarthy, 30, whose residence is unknown, was later charged with assault and attempting to elude police. oregonlive, "Oregon City officers shoot at driver who rammed police car, department says," 6 Sep. 2020 As children ages 4-8 will know, however, even the most magnificent apex predators can’t elude the grasp of man. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Under the Surface," 4 Sep. 2020 Other charges included first degree robbery, first degree burglary, third degree burglary, breaking and entering a vehicle, animal cruelty for shooting a dog and attempting to elude. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Man charged with capital murder in brutal 2015 Rogersville slaying," 1 Sep. 2020 Following the Pearl Harbor attack two days later, the U.S. was at war with the Axis powers; for the remainder of the ten-day sea voyage, the ship was lucky to elude German U-boats. Jamie Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "One of the Last Living Manhattan Project Scientists Looks Back at the Atomic Bomb Tests," 15 July 2020 Earlier in the game, Jefferson caught a swing pass from Burrow and used a quick move in the open field to elude Alabama DB Xavier McKinney and gain 17 yards. Phillip Heilman, The Denver Post, "Broncos draft film study: What if John Elway waits to pick a wide receiver?," 26 Mar. 2020

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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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25 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

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