- 1Escape from or avoid (a danger, enemy, or pursuer), typically in a skilful or cunning way: he tried to elude the security men by sneaking through a back doorMore example sentences
- These were the exact feelings of Joseph Smith who quickly eluded his pursuers.
- The quarry twisted, turned and doubled back at speed in an attempt to elude its pursuer.
- It is Meredith who unwittingly brings Tom Ripley crashing to earth when it seems that he has eluded danger and gotten away without punishment for his dark deeds.
- 1.1Avoid compliance with (a law or penalty): we need to ensure that bad cases do not elude tough penaltiesMore example sentences
- Obviously the first conception can breed bureaucrats who are adept at figuring out ways to elude the law (it also explains Italian drivers).
- 2(Of an achievement or something desired) fail to be attained by (someone): sleep still eluded herMore example sentences
- It is said that a greater achievement eluded him.
- He then tackled the Caledonians, victory narrowly eluding him in the sixth season but being won at a great battle late in the seventh, mons Graupius, probably September 83.
- Somehow popular success has eluded him, but his recent live performance CD Courier should have brought him prominently into the spotlight.
- 2.1(Of an idea or fact) fail to be understood or remembered by (someone): the logic of this eluded most peopleMore example sentences
- This fact sometimes eludes the people writing about it.
- Some of the more technical details eluded him, but he understood most of what his companions were saying.
- However, one important fact has eluded you: If you take this job, how much will you be paid?
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- In fact, ultimately there is a dissatisfying, unanswered yearning come the dénouement, which has far less symbolic impact and far more narrative elusion than Martel would have you believe.
- After progressing along a lengthy celluloid trail of elusions, revelations, and double-back sidesteps, it would appear that the strange case of Mr. Ozon's filmographic trajectory is finally drawing to a close.
- Vagueness was his specialty and elusion was his trade.
mid 16th century (in the sense 'delude, baffle'): from Latin eludere, from e- (variant of ex-) 'out, away from' + ludere 'to play'.