Allude and Elude

What is the difference between allude and elude?

Allude

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.

Elude

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.
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