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elude

[ih-lood] /ɪˈlud/
verb (used with object), eluded, eluding.
1.
to avoid or escape by speed, cleverness, trickery, etc.; evade:
to elude capture.
Synonyms: shun, dodge.
2.
to escape the understanding, perception, or appreciation of:
The answer eludes me.
Origin
1530-1540
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.
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  • Unfortunately, these skills have apparently eluded certain surgical.
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  • 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

elude

/ɪˈluːd/
verb (transitive)
1.
to escape or avoid (capture, one's pursuers, etc), esp by cunning
2.
to avoid fulfilment of (a responsibility, obligation, etc); evade
3.
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

elude

v.

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.

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