\ 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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Fleeing & eluding: Birchcroft & Edgehurst drives A Cleveland man, 36, suspected of a breaking-and-entering burglary, led police on a high-speed vehicle chase at about 12:15 a.m. Nov. 11. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Suspected burglar leads police on high speed vehicle chase; Cleveland man arrested after disturbance in library: Brook Park police blotter," 29 Nov. 2019 Kattenburg eluded Hitler’s occupying forces in the Netherlands until 1944, when the composer was sent to the Westerbork concentration camp and then to Auschwitz, where he is believed to have died. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "‘Silenced Voices’: A haunting album with music from those who died in the Holocaust," 19 Nov. 2019 The reason eluded him for several minutes even though Davidson, the Hall’s selection committee chair, told him Hall chairman Lanny McDonald was also on the line. BostonGlobe.com, "Boston College coach Jerry York a worthy Hall of Famer - The Boston Globe," 16 Nov. 2019 On third-and-five fro the 8, Slovis eludes pressure repeatedly and connects with Drake London for an 8-yard score. oregonlive, "Oregon Ducks rout USC Trojans 56-24: Live updates recap," 2 Nov. 2019 Perkins, often eluding Miami pressure, was 24 of 41 for 244 yards. David Furones, sun-sentinel.com, "Miami Hurricanes get much-needed victory against No. 20 Virginia," 12 Oct. 2019 The oddly bouncing ball first eluded Baltimore linebacker Josh Bynes. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Marlon Humphrey: ‘Big-time players make big-time plays in big games’," 7 Oct. 2019 Corbin eluded the Gophers defense often last year, with 13 carries for 216 yards (16.4 yards per carry) and two touchdowns. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Gophers football vs. Illinois: How to watch and who has the edge?," 3 Oct. 2019 But consistency and momentum eluded Philadelphia: The team never had a winning streak longer than four games all year and hasn’t won three or more in a row since that Chicago series. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "Can the Disastrous, Expensive Phillies Rebound in 2020?," 24 Sep. 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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The first known use of elude was in 1667

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3 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Elude.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eluded. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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)


\ 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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