December 22, 2011
- elude (verb)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : to avoid or escape by being quick, skillful, or tricky2 : to escape the understanding or grasp of
- How do you use it?
- The running back eluded five tacklers on the way to scoring the winning touchdown.
- Are you a word wiz?
We bet the right answer to this question won't elude you. Which word do you think is a synonym of "elude"?"Elude," "escape," "avoid," and "evade," mean to get away or keep away from something. "Escape" stresses the fact of getting away or being passed by, as in "The mouse escaped from the cage" or "Nothing escapes her sharp eyes." "Avoid" stresses forethought and caution in keeping clear of danger or difficulty, as in "She took a detour to avoid the heavy traffic." "Evade" implies getting away or avoiding by deception or trickery, as in "He evaded the question by changing the subject." "Elude" implies avoiding or escaping by being quick, skillful, or clever, as in "The suspect managed to elude capture until daybreak."