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elude

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1  —as in:
she eluded the police
Definition to avoid, or get away from, or remain out of reach
in various senses, including:
  • "She eluded the police."
  • "She eluded danger and finally arrived safely at home."
  • "Success has eluded me."
  • "She always messes up, but some how eludes taking responsibility."
  • The thief eluded the police
eluded = avoided (got away from)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The quarterback eluded the linebackers.
  • eluded = avoided (got away from)
  • If my quarry eludes me for three whole days, he wins the game.
    Richard Connell  --  The Most Dangerous Game
  • eludes = avoids (gets away from)
  • My rage was without bounds; I sprang on him.... He easily eluded me and said, "Be calm!"
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • eluded = avoided (got away from)
  • And then there are my fellow tributes .... The more anxious I am to find sleep, the more it eludes me.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • eludes = remains out of reach
  • Tailed almost everywhere she went, her mail searched, her friends and family interrogated, Shizuka endured intense scrutiny for two years. When October 1, 1948, came, she went to the restaurant, apparently eluding her pursuers.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • eluding = avoiding or getting away from
  • The enemy's fleet, which subsequently did not let a single boat pass, allows his entire army to elude it.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • elude = avoid (get away from)
  • "You, Tobias—or should I call you Four?—managed to elude me," she says quietly.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • elude = avoid (get away from)
  • In that way she will elude her wicked tormentor and break its evil cycle of birth and death.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • elude = avoid (get away from)
  • The evening was now drawing close, and well I knew that at sunset the Thing, which was till then imprisoned there, would take new freedom and could in any of many forms elude pursuit.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
elude = escape (get away from)

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2  —as in:
your point eludes me
Definition to escape understanding (not understand)
  • What you are seeing in her eludes me.
eludes = escapes understanding (is not understood by)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The point of his story eludes me.
  • eludes = escapes understanding (is not understood by)
  • I was trying to find the meaning the poet had in mind, but it eluded me.
    S.E. Hinton  --  The Outsiders
  • eluded = escaped understanding by
  • A curious contest, the nature of which eluded me, was developing between my father and the sheriff.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • eluded = was not understood by
  • She is lost, vague, trying to catch hold, to make some sense of her former command of the world, but it still eludes her.
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • eludes = escapes understanding (is not understood by)
  • Turtle was so close to winning she could feel it, taste it, but still the answer eluded her.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • eluded = escaped understanding by
  • What eludes me is the reason for his regression—is it a special case?
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon — Novel
  • eludes = escapes understanding (is not understood by)
  • She tried to remember how it had felt to stand on the deck of the Dolphin and see before her the harbor of Barbados. The haunting joy eluded her; the dream shores were dim and unreal.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • eluded = escaped
  • The wind was still howling, and something (a word? a phrase?) was still eluding him.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • eluding = escaping understanding by
  • The nature of Mr. Tostoff's composition eluded me, because just as it began my eyes fell on Gatsby, standing alone on the marble steps and looking from one group to another with approving eyes.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
eluded = was not understood by

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Less commonly:
All the meanings of elude are a variation (often metaphorically) of not being able to get a hold of something.
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