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Meaning of ELUDE

Pronunciation:  i'lood

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  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"
  2. [v]  escape, either physically or mentally; "The thief eluded the police"; "This difficult idea seems to evade her"; "The event evades explanation"
  3. [v]  be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by; "What you are seeing in him eludes me"

ELUDE is a 5 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: bilk, circumvent, dodge, duck, escape, evade, evade, fudge, hedge, parry, put off, sidestep, skirt
 See Also: amaze, avoid, baffle, beat, bewilder, break loose, defy, dumbfound, escape, flummox, get, get away, gravel, mystify, nonplus, perplex, pose, puzzle, quibble, refuse, resist, stupefy, vex



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

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