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  Dictionary Definition of elude

elude
verb (t) ( eluded, eluding )

1. to avoid or escape by dexterity or artifice: to elude pursuit.
2. to slip away from; evade: to elude vigilance.
3. to escape the mind; baffle: I cannot get my fingers round the Schumann Opus 23 I am working on, the spirit of the piece eludes me. -- RODNEY HALL, 1987.
[L eludere finish play, deceive]
-- eluder, noun