1. [ verb ] escape, either physically or mentally
Synonyms: evade bilk

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

Related terms: escape evasion
2. [ verb ] be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by
Synonyms: escape

"What you are seeing in him eludes me"

Related terms: perplex defy
3. [ verb ] avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)
Synonyms: sidestep evade skirt dodge hedge duck circumvent put_off parry fudge

"He dodged the issue" "she skirted the problem" "They tend to evade their responsibilities" "he evaded the questions skillfully"

Related terms: avoid quibble dodge evasion circumvention equivocator hedge
Similar spelling:   elide