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elude

Verb

1 escape, either physically or mentally; "The thief eluded the police"; "This difficult idea seems to evade her"; "The event evades explanation" [syn: evade, bilk]
2 be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by; "What you are seeing in him eludes me" [syn: escape]
3 avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues); "He dodged the issue"; "she skirted the problem"; "They tend to evade their responsibilities"; "he evaded the questions skillfully" [syn: hedge, fudge, evade, put off, circumvent, parry, skirt, dodge, duck, sidestep]

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English

Pronunciation

Verb

  1. To evade, or escape from someone or something, especially by using cunning or skill.
    • 1748. David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 26.
      Thus the observation of human blindness and weakness is the result of all philosophy, and meets us at every turn, in spite of our endeavours to elude or avoid it.
  2. To shake off a pursuer; to give someone the slip.
  3. To escape understanding of; to be incomprehensible to.

Translations

to evade
  • Portuguese: escapar

Italian

Verb

elude

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