[ ih-lood ]
/ ɪˈlud /

verb (used with object), e·lud·ed, e·lud·ing.

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

Related forms

e·lud·er, nounun·e·lud·ed, adjective

Can be confused

allowed allude aloud elude

Synonym study

1. See escape.
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/ (ɪˈluːd) /

verb (tr)

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

Derived Forms

eluder, nounelusion (ɪˈluːʒən), noun

Word Origin for elude

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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