Elude
Elude E*lude", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Eluded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Eluding}.] [L. eludere, elusum; e + ludere to play: cf. F. ['e]luder. See {Ludicrous}.] To avoid slyly, by artifice, stratagem, or dexterity; to escape from in a covert manner; to mock by an unexpected escape; to baffle; as, to elude an officer; to elude detection, inquiry, search, comprehension; to elude the force of an argument or a blow. [1913 Webster]

Me gentle Delia beckons from the plain, Then, hid in shades, eludes he eager swain. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

The transition from fetichism to polytheism seems a gradual process of which the stages elude close definition. --Tylor.

Syn: To evade; avoid; escape; shun; eschew; flee; mock; baffle; frustrate; foil. [1913 Webster]


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  • elude — I verb abscond, avoid, baffle, be concealed, break away, break loose, dodge, eludere, escape, escape by artifice, escape detection, escape notice, evade, evitare, flee, get away, hide, keep aloof, keep out of sight, make an escape, mystify,… …   Law dictionary

  • éludé — éludé, ée (é lu dé, dée) part. passé. Des propositions éludées. Une difficulté éludée. •   Vous verriez des instances éludées, des espérances méprisées...., MASS. Or. fun. Villars …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • elude — 1530s, delude, make a fool of, from L. eludere escape from, make a fool of, win from at play, from ex out, away (see EX (Cf. ex )) + ludere to play (see LUDICROUS (Cf. ludicrous)). Sense of evade is first recorded 1610s in a figurative sense,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • elude — *escape, evade, avoid, shun, eschew Analogous words: thwart, foil, outwit, circumvent, baffle (see FRUSTRATE): flee, fly, *escape Contrasted words: *follow, pursue, chase, trail, tag, tail …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • elude — [v] avoid; escape baffle, beat around the bush*, be beyond someone*, bilk, circumvent, confound, cop out*, ditch, dodge, double, duck, eschew, evade, flee, fly, foil, frustrate, get around, get away from, give the runaround*, give the slip*, give …   New thesaurus

  • elude — ► VERB 1) evade or escape adroitly from. 2) fail to be attained or understood by: the logic of this eluded her. ORIGIN Latin eludere, from ludere to play …   English terms dictionary

  • elude — [ē lo͞od′, ilo͞od′] vt. eluded, eluding [L eludere, to finish play, parry a blow, frustrate < e , out + ludere, to play: see LUDICROUS] 1. to avoid or escape from by quickness, cunning, etc.; evade 2. to escape detection, notice, or… …   English World dictionary

  • elude — UK [ɪˈluːd] / US [ɪˈlud] verb [transitive] Word forms elude : present tense I/you/we/they elude he/she/it eludes present participle eluding past tense eluded past participle eluded formal 1) a) if a fact, idea, or word eludes you, you cannot… …   English dictionary

  • elude — transitive verb (eluded; eluding) Etymology: Latin eludere, from e + ludere to play more at ludicrous Date: 1667 1. to avoid adroitly ; evade < the mice eluded the traps > < managed to elude capture > 2 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • elude — /əˈlud / (say uh loohd), /i / (say ee ) verb (t) (eluded, eluding) 1. to avoid or escape by dexterity or artifice: to elude pursuit. 2. to slip away from; evade: to elude vigilance. 3. to escape the mind; baffle: *I cannot get my fingers round… …   Australian English dictionary

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