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elude (v.)

1530s, "delude, make a fool of," from Latin eludere "finish play, win at play; escape from or parry (a blow), make a fool of, mock, frustrate; win from at play," from assimilated form of ex "out, away" (see ex-) + ludere "to play" (see ludicrous). Sense of "evade" is first recorded 1610s in a figurative sense, 1630s in a literal one. Related: Eluded; eludes; eluding.

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Definitions of elude

elude (v.)
escape, either physically or mentally;
The thief eluded the police
Synonyms: evade / bilk
elude (v.)
be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by;
What you are seeing in him eludes me
Synonyms: escape
elude (v.)
avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues);
Synonyms: hedge / fudge / evade / put off / circumvent / parry / skirt / dodge / duck / sidestep
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