Definition of Elude

1. Verb. Escape, either physically or mentally. "The event evades explanation"

Exact synonyms: Bilk, Evade
Generic synonyms: Break Loose, Escape, Get Away
Derivative terms: Eluding, Elusion, Elusive, Evasion



2. Verb. Be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by. "The performance is likely to elude Sue"; "What you are seeing in him eludes me"
Exact synonyms: Escape
Generic synonyms: Amaze, Baffle, Beat, Bewilder, Dumbfound, Flummox, Get, Gravel, Mystify, Nonplus, Perplex, Pose, Puzzle, Stick, Stupefy, Vex
Specialized synonyms: Defy, Refuse, Resist
Derivative terms: Elusive, Elusive

3. Verb. Avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues). "He evaded the questions skillfully"
Exact synonyms: Circumvent, Dodge, Duck, Evade, Fudge, Hedge, Parry, Put Off, Sidestep, Skirt
Specialized synonyms: Beg, Quibble
Generic synonyms: Avoid
Derivative terms: Circumvention, Dodge, Dodger, Dodging, Dodging, Evasion, Hedge, Hedger, Hedging

Definition of Elude

1. v. t. 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.

Definition of Elude

1. Verb. (transitive) To evade, or escape from someone or something, especially by using cunning or skill. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To shake off a pursuer; to give someone the slip. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To escape understanding of; to be incomprehensible to. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Elude

1. to evade [v ELUDED, ELUDING, ELUDES] - See also: evade

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Elude

elucidating
elucidation
elucidations
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elucidatorily
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elucidatory
eluctation
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elucubrated
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elucubrating
elucubration
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elude (current term)
eluded
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elurophobia
elurophobias
elusion
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Literary usage of Elude

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1. English Synonymes, with Copious Illustrations and Explanations, Drawn from by George Crabb (1854)
"elude and evade both imply the practice of art; but the former consists mostly of actions, thy latter of words as well as actions: a thief eludeยป those who ..."

2. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1857)
"To elude this he ordered himself to be buried half in the church and half out of it. His coffin, or rather the cup of it, is to be seen of exceeding hard ..."

3. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1904)
"elude the plaintiffs from showing that no relation of landlord and tenant ever existed between Home and the defendant, or between the widow of Home and ..."

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