- 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
Examples from the Web for eluded
Female sexuality has long confounded researchers and eluded popular understanding.Was 2014 the Year Science Discovered The Female Orgasm?
December 6, 2014
Eric Frein eluded Pennsylvania police for seven weeks after he allegedly killed a state trooper with a sniper shot.Killer Eric Frein Held in Murdered Cop’s Cuffs
October 31, 2014
Had I finally found that spiritual connecting tissue that for years had eluded me?Spirit Tripping With Colombian Shamans
August 24, 2014
In the event, the Gang of Barbarians eluded the 400 police officers assigned to the case until it was too late.A Horror Story of True-Life Anti-Semitism in France
April 28, 2014
For almost a century, women like Workman continued to establish themselves in the sport, but Everest eluded them.Breaking Mount Everest’s Glass Ceiling
Amanda Padoan, Peter Zuckerman
March 30, 2014
But that night I dreamed out the success which had eluded my waking hours.
I have often since tried to recall it, but as yet it has eluded all my efforts.Wilfrid Cumbermede
But now the object of his pursuit vanished from his sight, and eluded his eager search.Imogen
In all the devices we have considered thus far the enemy is eluded.The Meaning of Evolution
Samuel Christian Schmucker
She eluded the question and said, "You sent for me—what do you wish to say?"The Eternal City
- 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
Word Origin and History for eluded
1530s, "delude, make a fool of," from Latin eludere "escape from, make a fool of, win from at play," from ex- "out, away" (see ex-) + ludere "to play" (see ludicrous). Sense of "evade" is first recorded 1610s in a figurative sense, 1630s in a literal one. Related: Eluded; eludes; eluding.