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Definitions of elude

  1. escape, either physically or mentally; "The thief eluded the police"; "This difficult idea seems to evade her"; "The event evades explanation" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. 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
  3. be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by; "What you are seeing in him eludes me" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. 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
  5. To avoid by deceit or cleverness; baffle; shun. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. To avoid or escape by stratagem: to baffle. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. To avoid or escape cunningly; baffle. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. To avoid adroitly; evaqe; baffle. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. To evade or escape; to avoid by artifice, deceit, or dexterity; to mock by an unexpected escape; to escape being seen. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. 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.
  11. e-l[=u]d', v.t. to escape by stratagem: to baffle.--adj. EL[=U]'DIBLE.--n. EL[=U]'SION, act of eluding: evasion.--adj. EL[=U]'SIVE, practising elusion: deceptive.--adv. EL[=U]'SIVELY.--n. EL[=U]'SORINESS.--adj. EL[=U]'SORY, tending to elude or cheat: evasive: deceitful. [L. elud[)e]re, elusum--e, out, lud[)e]re, to play.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  12. Escape adroitly from (blow, danger, difficulty, person\'s grasp, person, inquiry, observation); avoid compliance with (law, request) or fulfillment of (obligation); escape from, baffle, (the understanding). So elusion, elusiveness, nn., elusive, elusory, aa., elusively adv. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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