elude

verb
\ 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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Choose the Right Synonym for elude

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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Friends have joked that Cámara will be López Obrador’s Valerie Jarrett, a close adviser whose role eludes easy definition. Rob Haskell, Vogue, "What’s Next for Gabriela Cámara? A New L.A. Restaurant—And Foray into Politics," 15 May 2019 Beauvillier, who was denied on a penalty shot midway through the first, shot the puck from just inside the blue line to elude Hutton. Allan Kreda, The Seattle Times, "Islanders clinch playoff spot with 5-1 victory over Sabres," 30 Mar. 2019 The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office soon dumped all the cases, including the accusations of fleeing and eluding and the rape case. Charles Rabin, Jay Weaver And David Ovalle, miamiherald, "The chief wanted perfect stats, so cops were told to pin crimes on blacks, probe found," 12 July 2018 Kameron Smith is now facing charges that include driving under the influence, driving under suspension, fleeing and eluding, and driving an unregistered vehicle, according to FOX43. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Car crashes into Pennsylvania home at 80 mph in shocking video," 7 July 2018 Two occurred in 2004 for driving a vehicle without the owner's consent and fleeing or eluding an officer in a vehicle. Henry J. Morgan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee man charged with felony battery after allegedly head-butting a Lannon building inspector," 22 June 2018 He is charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, and single counts of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, theft and fleeing and eluding. Joe Robertson, kansascity, "DA says Lenexa police shooting of man in fleeing car was justified | The Kansas City Star," 23 May 2018 In some ways, Captain Marvel eludes gender—from her function-first suit to her nearly gender-neutral character development. Jill Gutowitz, Glamour, "Captain Marvel Is a New Kind of Female Hero," 11 Mar. 2019 Joshua Philip Yabut, 29, of Richmond, was arrested Tuesday for driving under the influence of drugs and charged with eluding police and unauthorized use of a vehicle, according to Virginia State Police. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Soldier who stole armored personnel carrier sparking Virginia chase claims it was part of training exercise," 7 June 2018

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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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More Definitions for elude

elude

verb

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)

elude

verb
\ 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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