verb (used with object), e·lud·ed, e·lud·ing.

  1. to avoid or escape by speed, cleverness, trickery, etc.; evade: to elude capture.
  2. to escape the understanding, perception, or appreciation of: The answer eludes me.

verb (tr)

  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; bafflethe solution eluded her

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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