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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 E·lude v. t. [imp. & p. p. Eluded; p. pr. & vb. n. Eluding.]  To avoid slyly, by artifice, stratagem, or dexterity; to escape from in a covert manner; to mock by an unexpected escape; to baffle; as, to elude an officer; to elude detection, inquiry, search, comprehension; to elude the force of an argument or a blow.
 Me gentle Delia beckons from the plain,
 Then, hid in shades, eludes he eager swain.   --Pope.
    The transition from fetichism to polytheism seems a gradual process of which the stages elude close definition.   --Tylor.
 Syn: -- To evade; avoid; escape; shun; eschew; flee; mock; baffle; frustrate; foil.