ELU'DE, v.t. [L. eludo; e and ludo, to play. The Latin verb forms lusi, lusum; and this may be the Heb. to deride. 1. To escape; to evade; to avoid by artifice, stratagem, wiles, deceit, or dexterity; as, to elude an enemy; to elude the sight; to elude an officer; to elude detection; to elude vigilance; to elude the force of an argument; to elude a blow or stroke. 2. To mock by an unexpected escape. Me gentle Delia beckons from the plain, Then, hid in shades, eludes her eager swain. 3. To escape being seen; to remain unseen or undiscovered. The cause of magnetism has hitherto eluded the researches of philosophers.
v 1: escape, either physically or mentally; "The thief eluded the police"; "This difficult idea seems to evade her"; "The event evades explanation" [syn: elude, evade, bilk] 2: be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by; "What you are seeing in him eludes me" [syn: elude, escape] 3: avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues); "He dodged the issue"; "she skirted the problem"; "They tend to evade their responsibilities"; "he evaded the questions skillfully" [syn: hedge, fudge, evade, put off, circumvent, parry, elude, skirt, dodge, duck, sidestep]
transitive verb (eluded; eluding) Etymology: Latin eludere, from e- + ludere to play — more at ludicrousDate: 1667 1. to avoid adroitly ;evade<the mice eluded the traps> <managed to elude capture> 2. to escape the perception, understanding, or grasp of <subtlety simply eludes them> <victory continued to elude us> 3.defy 4 <it eludes explanation> Synonyms:seeescape
v.tr. 1 escape adroitly from (a danger, difficulty, pursuer, etc.); dodge. 2 avoid compliance with (a law, request, etc.) or fulfilment of (an obligation). 3 (of a fact, solution, etc.) escape from or baffle (a person's memory or understanding). Derivatives: elusion n. elusory adj. Etymology: L eludere elus- (as E-, ludere play)
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. Me gentle Delia beckons from the plain, Then, hid in shades, eludes he eager swain. --Pope. 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.
(eludes, eluding, eluded) 1. If something that you want eludes you, you fail to obtain it. At 62, Brian found the celebrity and status that had eluded him for so long.VERB: no passive, V n 2. If you elude someone or something, you avoid them or escape from them. He eluded the police for 13 years.VERB: V n 3. If a fact or idea eludes you, you do not succeed in understanding it, realizing it, or remembering it. The appropriate word eluded him.= escape VERB: no passive, V n