Definitions of elude

  1. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To avoid by deceit or cleverness; baffle; shun. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. To avoid or escape by stratagem: to baffle. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. To avoid or escape cunningly; baffle. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. To avoid adroitly; evaqe; baffle. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. To escape; to shun; to evade; to avoid by artifice; to escape being seen. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for elude

  1. Well, Bartock would go out too, would somehow manage to elude his pursuer, to get behind him, reach the scout- ship and blast off in it. – World Beyond Pluto by C. H. Thames
  2. It happened like this: After a particularly fatiguing and uncomfortable night spent in attempting to elude the sentinels who blocked their way from the mountains, daylight found them near a little spring, and here they decided to rest for an hour before resuming their way. – The Mad King by Edgar Rice Burroughs