- to avoid or escape by speed, cleverness, trickery, etc.; evade: to elude capture.
- to escape the understanding, perception, or appreciation of: The answer eludes me.
Origin of elude
1530–40; < Latin ēlūdere to deceive, evade, equivalent to ē- e-1 + lūdere to play, deceive
1. See escape.
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That I could elude Rima's keener eyes I doubted; but that did not trouble me.Green Mansions
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He knew her power; perhaps that was why his instinct had led him to elude it.Cleo The Magnificent
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The Baron was fixing his eyes on her and she tried to elude his gaze.The Eternal City
That it was so vague as to elude the support of argument made it only the stronger.Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard
- to escape or avoid (capture, one's pursuers, etc), esp by cunning
- to avoid fulfilment of (a responsibility, obligation, etc); evade
- to escape discovery, or understanding by; bafflethe solution eluded her
C16: from Latin ēlūdere to deceive, from lūdere to play
Elude is sometimes wrongly used where allude is meant: he was alluding (not eluding ) to his previous visit to the city
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Word Origin and History for elude
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