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[ih-lood] /ɪˈlud/
verb (used with object), eluded, eluding.
to avoid or escape by speed, cleverness, trickery, etc.; evade:
to elude capture.
Synonyms: shun, dodge.
to escape the understanding, perception, or appreciation of:
The answer eludes me.
1530-40; < Latin ēlūdere to deceive, evade, equivalent to ē- e-1 + lūdere to play, deceive
Related forms
eluder, noun
uneluded, adjective
Can be confused
allowed, allude, aloud, elude.
Synonym Study
1. See escape. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for eluded
  • Unfortunately, these skills have apparently eluded certain surgical.
  • The real prize he seeks is one that eluded his father: a second term.
  • The fish eluded the human diet until the capacity to harvest the deep seas evolved over the last few decades.
  • Precisely how the insects find their way to this refuge has long eluded biologists.
  • But wider acclaim eluded her, and her photographs were rarely published.
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  • My guess is that each of you is searching for something that has eluded you for a while.
  • As the article eluded to, many unanswered questions.
  • But until now the relationship between bird coloring and testosterone had eluded biologists.
British Dictionary definitions for eluded


verb (transitive)
to escape or avoid (capture, one's pursuers, etc), esp by cunning
to avoid fulfilment of (a responsibility, obligation, etc); evade
to escape discovery, or understanding by; baffle: the solution eluded her
Derived Forms
eluder, noun
elusion (ɪˈluːʒən) noun
Usage note
Elude is sometimes wrongly used where allude is meant: he was alluding (not eluding) to his previous visit to the city
Word Origin
C16: from Latin ēlūdere to deceive, from lūdere to play
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Word Origin and History for eluded



1530s, "delude, make a fool of," from Latin eludere "escape from, make a fool of, win from at play," from ex- "out, away" (see ex-) + ludere "to play" (see ludicrous). Sense of "evade" is first recorded 1610s in a figurative sense, 1630s in a literal one. Related: Eluded; eludes; eluding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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