Elude Definition

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To avoid or escape from by quickness, cunning, etc.; evade.
Webster's New World
To escape detection, notice, or understanding by.
Webster's New World
To escape recollection by.
His name eludes me.
Webster's New World
To be unnattained by.
Another championship eluded her.
American Heritage

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


Origin of Elude

  • Latin ēlūdere ē-, ex- ex- lūdere to play (from lūdus play leid- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin ēlūdō (“evade, elude”), from ē (“out of”), short form of ex, + lūdō (“play; trick”).

    From Wiktionary

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