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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. 1elude 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. 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 worldwide success has eluded them so far. Finally he remembered the tiny detail that had eluded him the night before.
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