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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But this drama critic, attempting to assess the theater inherent in the race for president, also detected a bit of desperation in a man yearning for the validation that has eluded him for so long. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "Joe Biden is back for an encore. Will he at last command center stage?," 25 July 2019 He was arrested on suspicion of DUII and attempt to elude. oregonlive.com, "5-foot albino snake named Jennifer on the loose: Forest Grove police log," 22 July 2019 For the record, Contreras wanted to make amends for a double that eluded him in shallow right field in the ninth inning of Wednesday’s 6-5 loss. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "4 takeaways from the Cubs-Pirates series, including managerial tension and who is the better football player — Joe Maddon or Joe West?," 5 July 2019 Feel for his cutter came later in the outing, when Miley finally found the rhythm that eluded him earlier. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros battle on the road to sweep series against Rockies," 4 July 2019 He was also charged with speeding, attempt to elude a police officer, resisting arrest, second-degree assault and certain persons forbidden to possess a firearm. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "Felon with 19 previous charges jailed in shooting death of accomplice during Birmingham holdup," 20 June 2019 In this way, a patient can regain their psychological confidence in being able to self-generate and sustain healthy, rapid, and sound sleep, night after night: something that has eluded them for months if not years. Mayo Oshin, Quartzy, "Five scientifically proven ways to fall asleep faster," 19 June 2019 Instead of turning himself in, Simpson took off through the highways of Los Angeles in an attempt to elude police. Brian Pascus, CBS News, "25 years later, cameraman who filmed the O.J. Simpson Bronco chase calls it "pretty historical"," 17 June 2019 Rossi, a popular young American driver for a prestige team desperately seeking the championship that eluded him last year vs. Newgarden, a popular young American driver for a prestige team hunting a championship that solidify his superstar status. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar in Texas: Josef Newgarden keeps frustrated Alexander Rossi a 'bridesmaid'," 9 June 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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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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