verb (used with object), eluded, eluding.
to avoid or escape by speed, cleverness, trickery, etc.; evade: to elude capture. 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

eluder, noun
uneluded, adjective

allowed, allude, aloud, elude.

1. See escape.
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elude (ɪˈluːd)
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
[C16: from Latin ēlūdere to deceive, from lūdere to play]
usage  Elude is sometimes wrongly used where allude is meant: he was alluding (not eluding) to his previous visit to the city

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Word Origin & History

1530s, "delude, make a fool of," from L. eludere "escape from, make a fool of, win from at play," from ex- "out, away" + ludere "to play" (see ludicrous). Sense of "evade" is first recorded 1610s. Related: Eluded; eludes; eluding.
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More than anything else, it's the one technology that eludes science.
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However, he shows excellent snap anticipation ability and easily eludes
  blockers with his initial burst into the backfield.
If agreement eludes them, everyone retains the right to go his own way.
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