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tr.v. e·lud·ed, e·lud·ing, e·ludes
1. To evade or escape from, as by daring, cleverness, or skill: The suspect eluded the police. See Synonyms at evade.
2. To escape the memory or understanding of: a name that eludes me; a point that eluded the audience.
3. To be unattained by: Another championship eluded her.

[Latin ēlūdere : ē-, ex-, ex- + lūdere, to play (from lūdus, play; see leid- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.eluding - the act of avoiding capture (especially by cunning)
evasion - the act of physically escaping from something (an opponent or a pursuer or an unpleasant situation) by some adroit maneuver
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References in classic literature ?
There was a tantalizing suggestion always present in his mind that something was eluding him--that he should know many things which he did not know.
Like a flash the thought came to me of the marvelous opportunity these sleeping reptiles offered as a means of eluding the watchfulness of our captors and the Sagoth guards.
Your only salvation lies in eluding it; but if it comes sideways through the opposing water, then partly owing to the light buoyancy of the whaleboat, and the elasticity of its materials, a cracked rib or a dashed plank or two, a sort of stitch in the side, is generally the most serious result.
As I saw him go, picking his way among the nettles, and among the brambles that bound the green mounds, he looked in my young eyes as if he were eluding the hands of the dead people, stretching up cautiously out of their graves, to get a twist upon his ankle and pull him in.
INQUIRER - Wildlife traffickers keep eluding justice
Ingram, who has three previous DUI convictions, was charged with felony counts of aggravated DUI, aggravated driving while license suspended, obstruction of justice and aggravated fleeing and eluding police.
SPRINGFIELD - A 50-year-old Springfield man was taken to the Lane County Jail after allegedly eluding police at speeds of up to 100 mph.
You can find it on www.mrmattress.co.uk/sleepdiary If you find a good night's sleep is eluding you, it may be interesting to see what you've been doing, what you've eaten, where you've slept on the days you sleep well and the days you don't.
28.4 -- LEAVING THE SCENE OF A CRASH INVOLVING [DEATH] [SERIOUS BODILY INJURY] [INJURY] 28.8(b) -- AGGRAVATED FLEEING OR ELUDING 28.8(c) -- AGGRAVATED FLEEING OR ELUDING 28.8(d) -- AGGRAVATED FLEEING OR ELUDING 28.8(e) -- AGGRAVATED FLEEING OR ELUDING The committee invites all interested persons to comment on the proposals, reproduced in full below.
The solution has been eluding leading world figures for centuries.
(That's "buz-ZARD," in case you were wondering.) Now with a beard and billions, the fey fowl has a ball spending money on his friends, Oscar Wildcat and Bi Polar Bear, while eluding the hetero-conversion efforts of evil minister Reverend Van Gelding (a horse, of course).
In How to Survive a Robot Uprising, Wilson offers detailed, often-humorous advice on hand-to-hand combat with a humanoid (go for the "eyes"--its cameras); eluding robotic vehicles (drive in circles); and outsmarting your "smart" house (be suspicious if the house suggests you test the microwave by putting your head in it).