Meaning of elusive in English:

elusive

Pronunciation /ɪˈluːsɪv/

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adjective

  • 1Difficult to find, catch, or achieve.

    ‘success will become ever more elusive’
    • ‘Pre-baiting an area that looks good is often the answer to catching one of these elusive carp.’
    • ‘He was injured last season, so we had to wait over a year before this elusive 100th was achieved!’
    • ‘He would then retreat, hoping to catch the elusive man in their new round.’
    • ‘All the evidence suggests that this is one of the key times to catch an elusive 40 pounder.’
    • ‘Vogue tried to cement what it had, even locating an elusive Leon Smet!’
    • ‘Selling is in our American blood, and the ability to do it well is elusive and admired.’
    • ‘It's about the people who come to America in search of that elusive thing, the American dream.’
    • ‘As Cherwell's editorial bemoans of our current situation, a solution is elusive.’
    • ‘Birdwatchers from all over the country have descended on a nature reserve in Cheshire in search of a rare and elusive bird.’
    • ‘There is even a personal shopping service, providing further help in tracking down that elusive pair of shoes.’
    • ‘But persuading the elusive birds to quit their historic lodgings has proved to be quite a headache.’
    • ‘Taylor is still searching for that elusive first tour win but is not setting herself any future goals and targets in the sport.’
    • ‘Women walk miles on the blazing sands in search of an elusive pot of water.’
    • ‘Bringing horses of that calibre to Scotland remains the elusive dream.’
    • ‘Reedie had been praying for that first elusive gold to come from Simon Lessing in today's men's triathlon.’
    • ‘With off-road vehicles and guns, this is a boy's day out, and all in pursuit of that elusive plump little bird.’
    • ‘Naturally, that persistent little squirrel is still driving himself nuts in pursuit of an elusive acorn.’
    • ‘So this formula, this test, to see whether or not you're compatible has been elusive so far.’
    • ‘The song became an instant hit and proved to be the group's entry into the elusive U.S. market.’
    • ‘That run should have sharpened her up sufficiently to get those elusive winning brackets.’
    difficult to catch, difficult to find, difficult to track down
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    1. 1.1Difficult to remember.
      • ‘the elusive thought he had had moments before’

Origin

Early 18th century from Latin elus- ‘eluded’ (from the verb eludere) + -ive.