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Definition of elude verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they elude
    he / she / it eludes
    past simple eluded
    -ing form eluding
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  1. 1 elude somebody/something to manage to avoid or escape from someone or something, especially in a skillful way The two men managed to elude the police for six weeks.
  2. 2 elude somebody if something eludes you, you are not able to achieve it, or not able to remember or understand it He was extremely tired but sleep eluded him. They're a popular band but worldwide success has eluded them so far. Finally he remembered the tiny detail that had eluded him the night before.
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