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.
- e·lud·er, noun
- allude, elude
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How to use elude in a sentence
Fast radio bursts — blips of distant radio waves that last for mere milliseconds — have eluded explanation since they were first discovered in 2007.
For example, Moderna is working on a shot for cytomegalovirus, which can cause birth defects when passed from pregnant mother to unborn child and has eluded researchers for 50 years.Moderna vaccine cleared in U.S., boosting immunization effort | Verne Kopytoff | December 19, 2020 | Fortune
Details about how, when, and why the planet’s early history unfolded as it did have largely eluded scientists, mainly because of the sparsity of preserved rocks from this geological period.After 1.5 Billion Years in Flux, Here’s How a New, Stronger Crust Set the Stage for Life on Earth | Fabio A Capitanio | December 3, 2020 | Singularity Hub
For almost a decade, Lupas had puzzled over this missing link, but the correct shape had eluded him.Know when to fold ’em: How a company best known for playing games used A.I. to solve one of biology’s greatest mysteries | Jeremy Kahn | November 30, 2020 | Fortune
It sounds counterintuitive, but during quarantine, instant coffee became part of my morning routineInstant coffee has seemingly eluded the coffee canon, repelling coffee purists for decades.
What eludes investigators is what triggered the short circuit.NTSB Doesn’t Think the Boeing 787 Dreamliner Is Safe Enough to Fly | Clive Irving | May 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The actual event underpinning his fragmented memory of being held by his arms and legs and having his pants cut still eludes him.Exclusive: ‘X-Men’ Sex Abuse Lawyer Says He Was Assaulted, Too | Tim Teeman | May 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The answer eludes us mostly because the science of nutrition is dismal.
Loeb, a yoga-practicing surfer and fitness nut, possesses the kind of certainty that eludes many of his elders.Wall Street CEOs Say It’s The Best of Times and The Worst of Times | Daniel Gross | November 12, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Perhaps this is the real scandal that eludes Professor Troy.
The beauty which was the essence of it, which justifies it so far as it will bear justification, eludes statement.The New Machiavelli | Herbert George Wells
Here at last you discover what so often eludes you in America—the real countryside.American Sketches | Charles Whibley
The solution of the problem of tone-production is almost within our grasp, yet it always eludes us.The Psychology of Singing | David C. Taylor
This is one of those incidents in natural history that not only baffles our searches, but almost eludes our guesses!The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 2 | Gilbert White
In the atmosphere of mirrors there always seems to be a depth and tone which eludes us in the actual direct vision.Impressions And Comments | Havelock Ellis
British Dictionary definitions for elude
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
- eluder, noun
- elusion (ɪˈluːʒən), noun
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