- 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 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.
NAmE//ɪˈlud//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they elude
he / she / it eludes
past simple eluded
-ing form eluding