- 1elude somebody/something to manage to avoid or escape from somebody/something, especially in a clever way The two men managed to elude the police for six weeks.
- 2elude 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 chart success has eluded them so far. Finally he remembered the tiny detail that had eluded him the night before. Word Origin mid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘delude, baffle’): from Latin eludere, from e- (variant of ex-)
BrE BrE//iˈluːd//; NAmE NAmE//iˈluːd//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they elude
BrE BrE//iˈluːd//; NAmE NAmE//iˈluːd//he / she / it eludes
BrE BrE//iˈluːdz//; NAmE NAmE//iˈluːdz//past simple eluded
BrE BrE//iˈluːdɪd//; NAmE NAmE//iˈluːdɪd//past participle eluded
BrE BrE//iˈluːdɪd//; NAmE NAmE//iˈluːdɪd//-ing form eluding
BrE BrE//iˈluːdɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//iˈluːdɪŋ//