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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 eluding
  • His knowledge of growing techniques was much more impressive than his skill at eluding capture.
  • And it doesn't help that deliverance has a way of eluding them.
  • Many viruses can undergo incredibly rapid adaptation, eluding immune systems that learn to recognize previous strains.
  • Though a cure may still be eluding us, preventive measures have greatly improved.
  • These modern-day hermits live in the remote valley, eluding occasional roundups to evict them.
  • Has minimum wiggle in his run, but is effective eluding defenders due to his leg strength, as he can be slippery.
  • Britt is charged with eluding an officer, hindering apprehension and obstructing governmental function.
  • Directed-energy weapons systems afford targets no chance at eluding the shot because it moves at the speed of light.
  • Meanwhile, the albino whale has been eluding harpooners, and bears the scars of many failed attacks against him.
  • Judgment of conviction for felony eluding a peace officer and misdemeanor reckless driving, affirmed.
British Dictionary definitions for eluding


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 eluding



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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