Allude and Elude

Allude and elude are often used in error. Learn their meanings and when to use them. Read example sentences containing allude and elude.

What is the difference between allude and elude?


Verb – suggest or call attention to indirectly; hint at; mention without discussing at length.

  • John was alluding to the fact that there was no money left in the bank.
  • Jane only alluded to the real points in her speech.


Verb – escape from or avoid (a danger, enemy, or pursuer), typically in a skilful or cunning way; fail to be attained by (someone)

  • He eluded the policeman by jumping out of the window.
  • Although he was very tired, sleep eluded him.

Let’s use allude and elude in the same sentence:

  • The reporter only alluded to the reasons why Al Capone was able to elude capture for so many years.