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]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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