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[ih-lood] /ɪˈlud/
verb (used with object), eluded, eluding.
to avoid or escape by speed, cleverness, trickery, etc.; evade:
to elude capture.
Synonyms: shun, dodge.
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
Related forms
eluder, noun
uneluded, adjective
Can be confused
allowed, allude, aloud, elude.
Synonym Study
1. See escape. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for eludes
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  • It is a mystery that ever eludes us, and all our searchings are vain.

    The Treasure of the Humble Maurice Maeterlinck
  • I have tried to recall the time and place ever since I saw you last night; but it eludes me.

    A Woman at Bay Nicholas Carter
  • It eludes all of our senses, and it absolutely disregards all barriers.

  • But there is that in it which eludes me, which I seek and cannot find.

    Nicanor - Teller of Tales C. Bryson Taylor
  • The charm of dancing, although nothing is easier than to experience it, is something that eludes statement.

    Bressant Julian Hawthorne
British Dictionary definitions for eludes


verb (transitive)
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; baffle: the solution eluded her
Derived Forms
eluder, noun
elusion (ɪˈluːʒən) noun
Usage note
Elude is sometimes wrongly used where allude is meant: he was alluding (not eluding) to his previous visit to the city
Word Origin
C16: from Latin ēlūdere to deceive, from lūdere to play
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for eludes



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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