elude

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
1

v escape, either physically or mentally

“The thief eluded the police”
Synonyms:
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)

Synonyms:
circumvent, dodge, duck, evade, fudge, hedge, parry, put off, sidestep, skirt
Types:
beg
dodge, avoid answering, or take for granted
quibble
evade the truth of a point or question by raising irrelevant objections
Type of:
avoid
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”
Synonyms:
escape
Types:
defy, refuse, resist
elude, especially in a baffling way
beggar
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