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elude

[ih-lood]
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verb (used with object), e·lud·ed, e·lud·ing.
  1. to avoid or escape by speed, cleverness, trickery, etc.; evade: to elude capture.
  2. to escape the understanding, perception, or appreciation of: The answer eludes me.
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Origin of elude

1530–40; < Latin ēlūdere to deceive, evade, equivalent to ē- e-1 + lūdere to play, deceive
Related formse·lud·er, nounun·e·lud·ed, adjective
Can be confusedallowed allude aloud elude

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1. See escape.
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Related Words for elude

dodge, confound, thwart, puzzle, outwit, evade, frustrate, baffle, foil, stall, stonewall, shun, flee, outrun, fly, shy, stump, double, duck, bilk

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British Dictionary definitions for elude

elude

verb (tr)
  1. to escape or avoid (capture, one's pursuers, etc), esp by cunning
  2. to avoid fulfilment of (a responsibility, obligation, etc); evade
  3. to escape discovery, or understanding by; bafflethe solution eluded her
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Derived Formseluder, nounelusion (ɪˈluːʒən), noun

Word Origin for elude

C16: from Latin ēlūdere to deceive, from lūdere to play

usage

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

v.

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.

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