\ 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 She was charged with one count of attempting to elude law enforcement and one count of reckless endangerment, Kennedy said. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 8 Aug. 2022 For the time being, though, that thing more precious than gold that each of the treasure hunters was seeking continued to elude them. Washington Post, 2 May 2022 That case began in the thick brush country eight miles from the Rio Grande, in Carrizo Springs, a popular transit point for people trying to elude detection. New York Times, 25 July 2022 Bradford had been charged with first-degree robbery, obstruction of governmental operations, possession of drug paraphernalia, attempting to elude and third-degree escape, the sheriff’s office said. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 28 June 2022 For most of the movie, Andy and Charlie are on the run, trying to elude the program’s big boss Captain Hollister (Gloria Reuben) and her psychic operative John Rainbird (Michael Greyeyes). Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2022 Warrants were taken out against him on charges of reckless stunt driving, fleeing and attempting to elude and driving on the wrong side of the road, Lupo said. Henri Hollis, ajc, 4 May 2022 Brown then drives forward in an apparent attempt to elude police as an officer is seen moving out of the way. Steve Helling, PEOPLE.com, 14 July 2021 Foster crashed, was handcuffed after a struggle with police, and booked into the Pickens County jail on counts of reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and attempting to elude police. al, 8 Dec. 2021 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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“Elude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elude. Accessed 26 Sep. 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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