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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


Synonymsescape


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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