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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Sadly, the plan to use the full Formula 1 layout has been squashed by the killjoys at the FIA, for reasons that completely elude me. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Formula E starts season 5 in Saudi Arabia with a faster electric race car," 14 Dec. 2018 The Round of 16 brings with it a whole bunch of new questions: Will Argentine superstar Lionel Messi step up and lead his team to the only trophy that eludes him? Michelle Kaufman, miamiherald, "2018 World Cup Round of 16 Preview: Everything You Need to Know," 29 June 2018 In its first season under White, Oregon upset Georgia Tech to advance to the Super Regionals, a feat that had forever eluded the program. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "White, Longhorns hope team up leads to CWS title," 27 June 2018 Your information will be used as described in our Privacy Notice Alex Bregman departed the batter's box and the crowd rose at once, longing for the big hit that eluded both teams on a miserable offensive evening. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' bats go cold in shutout loss to Royals," 22 June 2018 Those are all steps that eluded Democrats under Christie. Elise Young, Bloomberg.com, "Murphy's Spending Has Even Democrats Balking in New Jersey," 5 June 2018 That spells trouble for many hardware-producing tech companies, who have so far managed to elude the worst of the tariffs. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "US tariffs could hit remaining Chinese goods, including tech products," 29 Oct. 2018 One suspect was arrested by the Bernville police chief, but Longenecker eluded capture. Michael Rubinkam, The Seattle Times, "DA: Police justified in chasing drug suspect with bulldozer," 28 Aug. 2018 Fleeing & eluding, West Bagley Road: Police are looking for a Garfield Heights man, 21, who led them on a high-speed vehicle chase into Middleburg Heights at about 10:30 p.m. April 20. Bob Sandrick, cleveland.com, "Garfield Heights man leads police on high-speed chase; resident calls police after hearing gunshots: Berea police blotter," 26 Apr. 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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