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verb (used with object),il·lud·ed, il·lud·ing.
  1. to deceive or trick.

  2. Obsolete.

    • to mock or ridicule.

    • to evade.

Origin of illude

1445–50; me <illūdere to mock, ridicule; see illusion

Words Nearby illude Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use illude in a sentence

  • 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
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for illude


/ (ɪˈluːd) /

  1. literary to trick or deceive

Origin of illude

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

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