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elude

[ ih-lood ]
/ ɪˈlud /
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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

First recorded in 1530–40; from Latin ēlūdere “to deceive, evade,” equivalent to ē- “from, out of” + lūdere “to play, deceive”; see e-1
1. See escape.
e·lud·er, nounun·e·lud·ed, adjective
allowed, allude, aloud, elude
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British Dictionary definitions for elude

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
eluder, nounelusion (ɪˈluːʒən), noun
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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