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English definition of “elude”


verb [T] (NOT BE CAUGHT)    /ɪˈluːd/
to not be caught by someone: They eluded the police by fleeing .Running away and escapingAvoiding actionLaziness and lazy people
(Definition of elude verb (NOT BE CAUGHT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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