Definition of elude in English:

elude

Syllabification: e·lude
Pronunciation: /iˈlo͞od
 
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verb

[with object]
  • 1Evade or escape from (a danger, enemy, or pursuer), typically in a skillful or cunning way: he managed to elude his pursuers by escaping into an alley
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    evade, avoid, get away from, dodge, escape from, run from, run away from; lose, shake off, give the slip to, slip away from, throw off the scent
    informal slip through someone's fingers, slip through the net
  • 1.1(Of an idea or fact) fail to be grasped or remembered by (someone): the logic of this eluded most people
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    • 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?
  • 1.2(Of an achievement, or something desired or pursued) fail to be attained by (someone): sleep still eluded her
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    • 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.
  • 1.3Avoid compliance with or subjection to (a law, demand, or penalty).
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    • Obviously the first conception can breed bureaucrats who are adept at figuring out ways to elude the law (it also explains Italian drivers).

Derivatives

elusion

Pronunciation: /iˈlo͞oZHən/
noun
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

mid 16th century (in the sense 'delude, baffle'): from Latin eludere, from e- (variant of ex-) 'out, away from' + ludere 'to play'.

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