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elude

e·lude

elude

 
 
pronunciation:
ih lud
features:
Homophone Note, Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: eluded, eludes, eluding
definition 1: to avoid or evade by speed, skill, or trickery.
The perpetrator of this crime has eluded the police for months now.
synonyms:
circumvent, escape, evade
similar words:
avoid, cheat, dodge, duck, shake, shun, sidestep, throw
definition 2: to escape from or remain outside of the grasp of.
His name eludes my memory.The answer to that question eludes me at the moment.
synonyms:
escape, slip
similar words:
evade
derivation: eluder (n.)
Homophone Note
Are you looking for the word allude (to mention)? Elude and allude sound alike but have different meanings.
Word Parts
The word elude contains the following parts:
e- Latin prefix that means out, out of, away
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The prefix e- is an assimilated form of ex- used before roots beginning with certain consonants (b d, g, j, l, m, n, r, v). See ex-.
lud, lus Latin root that means to play