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Princeton's WordNet

  1. elude, evade, bilkverb

    escape, either physically or mentally

    "The thief eluded the police"; "This difficult idea seems to evade her"; "The event evades explanation"

  2. elude, escapeverb

    be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by

    "What you are seeing in him eludes me"

  3. hedge, fudge, evade, put off, circumvent, parry, elude, skirt, dodge, duck, sidestepverb

    avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)

    "He dodged the issue"; "she skirted the problem"; "They tend to evade their responsibilities"; "he evaded the questions skillfully"


  1. eludeverb

    To evade, or escape from someone or something, especially by using cunning or skill.

    Etymology: From eludo, from e, short form of ex, + ludo.

  2. eludeverb

    To shake off a pursuer; to give someone the slip.

    Etymology: From eludo, from e, short form of ex, + ludo.

  3. eludeverb

    To escape understanding of; to be incomprehensible to.

    Etymology: From eludo, from e, short form of ex, + ludo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Eludeverb

    to avoid slyly, by artifice, stratagem, or dexterity; to escape from in a covert manner; to mock by an unexpected escape; to baffle; as, to elude an officer; to elude detection, inquiry, search, comprehension; to elude the force of an argument or a blow

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Elude

    e-lūd′, v.t. to escape by stratagem: to baffle.—adj. Elū′dible.—n. Elū′sion, act of eluding: evasion.—adj. Elū′sive, practising elusion: deceptive.—adv. Elū′sively.—n. Elū′soriness.—adj. Elū′sory, tending to elude or cheat: evasive: deceitful. [L. eludĕre, elusume, out, ludĕre, to play.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of elude in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of elude in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of elude in a Sentence

  1. Georges Bataille:

    Crime is a fact of the human species, a fact of that species alone, but it is above all the secret aspect, impenetrable and hidden. Crime hides, and by far the most terrifying things are those which elude us.

  2. Party leader:

    I am not one to elude responsibilities, the results are very bad, i only have to say that we are going to start working right now to recover this support and to do so leading the center-right. We had sent warnings out that fragmenting the vote would not be a winning option.

  3. Unknown:

    Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.

  4. Norman Maclean:

    It is those we live with and love and should know who elude us.

  5. Sipho P Nkosi:

    What you wish for can elude you within a blink of an eye if you hesitate.

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