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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Stocks and commodities are on the verge of rallying to highs that have eluded them during recent upswings, a breakthrough that investors say would likely fuel further gains. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Market Rebound Reaches Crossroads After Latest Rally," 17 Mar. 2019 Yet there's one quintessentially fall piece that has eluded my grasp every season: the quality cashmere sweater that doesn't cost a fortune. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "The 5 Best Cashmere Sweaters Are All Under $100," 26 Oct. 2018 The serial French champions' overriding ambition is to finally be crowned European champions, something which has also eluded Buffon in his stellar career. Afp, chicagotribune.com, "Buffon joins PSG on one-year contract," 6 July 2018 Believed to be 34, Kim is one of the youngest heads of state in the world and looks an unlikely candidate to be making history of the kind that has eluded his father and grandfather, both past leaders of North Korea. Author: Steve Holland, Jack Kim, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump and North Korea’s Kim arrive in Singapore for historic summit," 10 June 2018 He is envied for his massive career earnings but driven by the success that has eluded him as a professional. Dan Bickley, azcentral, "Bickley: Cardinals' Sam Bradford is about to become our new obsession, for better or worse," 17 Mar. 2018 Marcus Niblack, defense spark Wildwood win Wildwood, a team determined to capture the state championship that eluded it a year ago, rallied from 10 points down in the fourth quarter to defeat Madison County 65-63 in a Class 1A semifinal. Buddy Collings, OrlandoSentinel.com, "CFCA falls to Miami Christian, Wildwood rallies to win | State Basketball," 6 Mar. 2018 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

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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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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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