elude

[ 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.

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Origin of elude

1530–40; < Latin ēlūdere to deceive, evade, equivalent to ē- e-1 + lūdere to play, deceive

synonym study for elude

1. See escape.

OTHER WORDS FROM elude

e·lud·er, nounun·e·lud·ed, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH elude

allowed allude aloud elude
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British Dictionary definitions for eluded

elude
/ (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 of elude

eluder, nounelusion (ɪˈluːʒən), noun

Word Origin for elude

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

usage for elude

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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