Elude is defined as to cleverly avoid or escape.
An example of elude is a criminal hiding from the police.
- to avoid or escape from by quickness, cunning, etc.; evade
- to escape detection, notice, or understanding by
- to escape recollection by: his name eludes me
Origin of eludeClassical Latin eludere, to finish play, parry a blow, frustrate ; from e-, out + ludere, to play: see ludicrous
transitive verbe·lud·ed, e·lud·ing, e·ludes
- To evade or escape from, as by daring, cleverness, or skill: The suspect eluded the police. See Synonyms at evade.
- To escape the memory or understanding of: a name that eludes me; a point that eluded the audience.
- To be unnattained by: Another championship eluded her.
Origin of eludeLatin ēlūdere : ē-, ex-, ex- + lūdere, to play (from lūdus, play; see leid- in Indo-European roots).
(third-person singular simple present eludes, present participle eluding, simple past and past participle eluded)