American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To evade or escape from, as by daring, cleverness, or skill: The suspect continues to elude the police.
- v. To escape the understanding or grasp of: a name that has always eluded me; a metaphor that eluded them. See Synonyms at escape.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To avoid by artifice, stratagem, deceit, or dexterity; escape; evade: as, to elude pursuit; to elude a blow or stroke.
- To remain unseen, undiscovered, or unexplained, by; baffle the inquiry or scrutiny of: as, secrets that elude the keenest search.
- Synonyms To shun, flee, shirk, dodge, baffle, foil, frustrate.
- v. transitive To evade, or escape from someone or something, especially by using cunning or skill.
- v. transitive To shake off a pursuer; to give someone the slip.
- v. transitive To escape understanding of; to be incomprehensible to.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To avoid slyly, by artifice, stratagem, or dexterity; to escape from in a covert manner; to mock by an unexpected escape; to baffle
- v. avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)
- v. be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by
- v. escape, either physically or mentally
- From Latin ēlūdō ("evade, elude"), from ē ("out of"), short form of ex, + lūdō ("play; trick"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin ēlūdere : ē-, ex-, ex- + lūdere, to play (from lūdus, play; see leid- in Indo-European roots). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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