Allude and Elude

What is the difference between allude and elude?

Allude means to refer to indirectly.
Elude means to avoid or to evade.

Allude and Elude

The verbs allude and elude sound very similar, and this is why they are sometimes confused.


To allude means to refer to indirectly. The verbs to allude and to mention are close in meaning, but to allude is less direct. It can be translated as to hint at or to offer an indication about.



To elude means to avoid, to evade, or to escape from.

A Quick Test

Elude Means Escape

Remember the meaning of elude by remembering that it starts with the same letter as escape.

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What are verbs? List of easily confused words