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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Unfortunately the ability to communicate successfully across other barriers, whether geopolitical or simply personal, is currently eluding the Christians of the East, or at least their hierarchs. Erasmus, The Economist, "The gift of overcoming barriers eludes the world’s Orthodox Christians," 15 June 2019 There’s an ethereal photo from a baptism taken at an African church in south London circa 1990 that seems to elude space and time. Vogue, "Photographer Liz Johnson Artur Explores the Ties That Bind the African Diaspora," 17 May 2019 But for all the time and energy that scientists have put into the LHC, plenty of the universe’s secrets are still eluding us. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Are Planning a New Particle Collider That Absolutely Dwarfs the LHC," 16 Jan. 2019 The details are in court documents Wednesday charging the suspect's mother and 17-year-old brother for allegedly helping him elude police. Fox News, "DA: Police didn't respond to Milwaukee murder suspect's call," 23 May 2018 Last week, Diaz pleaded guilty to eluding police and attempting to injure a law enforcement animal. Barbara Boyer, Philly.com, "A stop for a cup of coffee at a South Jersey convenience store ended in an attack by a police dog. Now there's a federal lawsuit," 26 Apr. 2018 Lee was jailed on multiple outstanding warrants and was also charged with several crimes from Wednesday's incident, including assault, eluding police and false information, police said. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "APD: Suspect in custody after man threatened school bus driver following collision," 29 Mar. 2018 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

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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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