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Definition of "elude" []

  • To evade or escape from, as by daring, cleverness, or skill: The suspect continues to elude the police. (verb-transitive)
  • To escape the understanding or grasp of: a name that has always eluded me; a metaphor that eluded them. See Synonyms at escape. (verb-transitive)
  • To escape or avoid (capture, one's pursuers, etc), esp by cunning (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To avoid fulfilment of (a responsibility, obligation, etc); evade (verb)
  • To escape discovery, or understanding by; baffle (verb)

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Use "elude" in a sentence
  • "And I seem to remember several books with Conan Doyle as the detective though the titles elude me."
  • "The correct definition and use of the word elude has eluded 10:59 pm Anon."
  • "Over the years we have seen this title elude some of the sport's greatest players (McEnroe, Sampras, Edberg, Becker, Federer to name a few)."