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English verb: elude

1. elude (motion) escape, either physically or mentally

SamplesThe thief eluded the police.
This difficult idea seems to evade her.
The event evades explanation.

Synonymsbilk, evade

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)break loose, escape, get away

2. elude (stative) be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by

SamplesWhat you are seeing in him eludes me.

ExamplesThe performance is likely to elude Sue


Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)amaze, baffle, beat, bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, get, gravel, mystify, nonplus, perplex, pose, puzzle, stick, stupefy, vex

Narrower (hyponym)defy, refuse, resist

3. elude (communication) avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)

SamplesHe dodged the issue.
She skirted the problem.
They tend to evade their responsibilities.
He evaded the questions skillfully.

Synonymscircumvent, dodge, duck, evade, fudge, hedge, parry, put off, sidestep, skirt

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)avoid

Narrower (hyponym)beg, quibble

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