allude vs refer : Common Errors in English

About allude vs refer

To allude to something is to refer to it indirectly, by suggestion. If you are being direct and unambiguous, you refer to the subject rather than alluding to it.

allude Meaning(s)

  • (v) make a more or less disguised reference to

refer Meaning(s)

  • (v) make reference to
  • (v) be relevant to
  • (v) think of, regard, or classify under a subsuming principle or with a general group or in relation to another
  • (v) send or direct for treatment, information, or a decision
  • (v) seek information from
  • (v) have as a meaning
  • (v) use a name to designate

allude in News

  • Books: 'The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt' by John Taliaferro

    "There are two important lines of human endeavor in which men are forbidden even to allude to their success," John Hay told the governor of New York state, the mayor-elect of New York City, and members of the chamber of commerce: "affairs of the heart and diplomatic affairs. In doing so, one not only commits a vulgarity which transcends all questions of taste, but makes all future success ...
    on June 23, 2013 Source: Tulsa World

refer in News

  1. MLB Players Not Getting Enough Credit Right Now

    One of the popular debates among sports fans is how one player gets all this attention while another player is forgotten even though that player is having a much better year. I like to refer to these discussions as the Rodney Dangerfield debate, who was famous for the line "I don't get no respect." This article will try to right that wrong by focusing on players who are having an impressive ...
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Bleacher Report

  2. Rep. Ed Royce demands inspector general's documents on suspected State Department cover-up

    The chairman of a key House committee on Thursday demanded that the State Department's office of inspector general explain passages in internal documents that refer to pressure from department higher-ups to quash investigations into suspected criminal activity — including the solicitation of prostitutes, illegal drug activity and sexual assault — ...
    on June 14, 2013 Source: The Washington Times

  3. Mumbai's Endangered Mannequins

    Even the most ardent supporters of Mumbai (and I count myself as one) will admit that the creaking infrastructure of India’s financial capital is fast making the city a tough place to live in. Atrocious traffic jams, potholed roads and water cuts are par for the course. As I tell my friends in other cities, my Bombay ( I stubbornly refer to it by its old name) has become Slumbay.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Forbes

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