Definition of elude
- the mice eluded the traps
- managed to elude capture
- subtlety simply eludes them
- victory continued to elude us
- it eludes explanation
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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: 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)
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