Elude means evade, or be hard to grasp. "Tom eluded his captors by hiding under a table. Martha tried to understand chemistry, but the subject continued to elude her."
Elude has a slippery feeling to it. You elude the police, math can elude you — and that yak you went to see on safari but never got a glimpse of, you might say that he has eluded you as well. Delude means "to deceive," and there are times when someone can both delude and elude you — like when the conman took your money and then escaped out the back door.
v escape, either physically or mentally
v avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)
dodge, avoid answering, or take for granted
evade the truth of a point or question by raising irrelevant objections
- Type of:
stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something
v be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by