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.

Definitions of elude

v escape, either physically or mentally

“The thief eluded the police”
bilk, evade
Type of:
break loose, escape, get away
run away from confinement

v avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)

circumvent, dodge, duck, evade, fudge, hedge, parry, put off, sidestep, skirt
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

“What you are seeing in him eludes me”
defy, refuse, resist
elude, especially in a baffling way
be beyond the resources of
Type of:
amaze, baffle, beat, bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, get, gravel, mystify, nonplus, perplex, pose, puzzle, stick, stupefy, vex
be a mystery or bewildering to

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