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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: eludere, from ludere 'to play'


e‧lude [transitive]
1 to escape from someone or something, especially by tricking them [= avoid]:
He eluded his pursuers by escaping into a river.
2 if something that you want eludes you, you fail to find or achieve it:
She took the exam again, but again success eluded her.
3 if a fact or the answer to a problem eludes you, you cannot remember or solve it [= escape]:
The exact terminology eludes me for the moment.

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