[ ih-lood ]
/ ɪˈlud /

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

to deceive or trick.
  1. to mock or ridicule.
  2. to evade.

Origin of illude

1445–50; me < illūdere to mock, ridicule; see illusion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for illude

  • Little by little, as I came nearer, she ceased to illude me, and I began to think of her as 'it.'

    And Even Now|Max Beerbohm
  • If any one should at midnight get within their circle, they become visible to him, and they may then illude him.

    The Fairy Mythology|Thomas Keightley

British Dictionary definitions for illude


/ (ɪˈluːd) /


literary to trick or deceive

Word Origin for illude

C15: from Latin illūdere to sport with, from lūdus game
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