What does elude mean?

Definitions for eludeɪˈlud

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word elude.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. elude, evade, bilk(verb)

    escape, either physically or mentally

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

  2. elude, escape(verb)

    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, sidestep(verb)

    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. elude(Verb)

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

  2. elude(Verb)

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

  3. elude(Verb)

    To escape understanding of; to be incomprehensible to.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Elude(verb)

    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.]


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Norman Maclean:

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

  2. Sipho P Nkosi:

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

  3. Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It:

    At sunrise everything is luminous but not clear." It is those we live with and love and should know who elude us." You can love completely without complete understanding.

  4. 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.

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