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elude

verb [T] uk   /ɪˈluːd/ us  

elude verb [T] (NOT ACHIEVE)

formal If something that you want eludes you, you do not succeed in achieving it: The gold medal continues to elude her. They had minor breakthroughs but real success eluded them.

elude verb [T] (NOT BE CAUGHT)

to not be caught by someone: They eluded the police by fleeing.

elude verb [T] (NOT REMEMBER)

formal If a piece of information eludes you, you cannot remember it: I know who you mean but her name eludes me.
(Definition of elude from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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