\ 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Seth Marquez, 19, of the first block of North Park Avenue, Lombard, was cited for fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, driving without insurance, speeding and improper lane use at 1:18 a.m. Oct. 9. Graydon Megan, chicagotribune.com, 15 Oct. 2021 Phillips was also indicted for a March 10 incident and was charged with attempting to elude a police officer and recklessly endangering another person, police said. oregonlive, 23 Apr. 2022 Online records show Clary is currently being held in Leon County Jail on charges that include fleeing or attempting to elude an officer. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, 12 Jan. 2022 Cunningham, of South Carolina, is charged with trafficking marijuana, attempting to elude law enforcement, reckless endangerment, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 29 Mar. 2022 The newsman faces a total of nine charges, including driving while under influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol, attempting to elude police and failure to control vehicle speed to avoid a collision, according to WRC. Dom Calicchio, Fox News, 2 Feb. 2022 Days before Foster's death he was arrested and booked in the Pickens County Jail on charges of reckless endangerment, attempting to elude police and resisting arrest, inmate records show. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 17 Dec. 2021 The charges stemming from that incident — attempting to elude police and possessing a loaded firearm in public, among others — were still pending at the time of his arrest Thursday. oregonlive, 16 Dec. 2021 The dreaming mind is freer, less inhibited by a sense of logical or social or conventional patterns, alert to resonances that elude us when awake. Michael W. Clune, Harper’s Magazine , 16 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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17 May 2022

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“Elude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elude. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for elude


\ 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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