Refer vs Allude - What's the difference?

refer | allude |

Refer is a synonym of allude.


As verbs the difference between refer and allude

is that refer is to direct the attention of while allude is to refer to something indirectly or by suggestion.

refer

English

Verb

(referr)
  • To direct the attention of.
  • The shop assistant referred me to the help desk on ground floor.
  • To submit to (another person or group) for consideration; to send or direct elsewhere.
  • He referred the matter to the principal.
    to refer a patient to a psychiatrist
  • To place in or under by a mental or rational process; to assign to, as a class, a cause, source, a motive, reason, or ground of explanation.
  • He referred the phenomena to electrical disturbances.
  • (rfex) To allude to, make a reference or allusion to.
  • # (grammar) to be referential to another element in a sentence
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  • Synonyms

    * delegate * direct

    Derived terms

    * refer to * refer someone to

    Anagrams

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    allude

    English

    Verb

    (allud)
  • To refer to something indirectly or by suggestion.
  • * 1597 , , Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity , Book V, Chapter xxix.3, 1841 ed., page 523:
  • These speeches . . . do seem to allude unto such ministerial garments as were then in use.
  • * 1846 , George Luxford, Edward Newman, The Phytologist: a popular botanical miscellany: Volume 2, Part 2 , page 474
  • It was aptly said by Newton that "whatever is not deduced from facts must be regarded as hypothesis," but hypothesis appears to us a title too honourable for the crude guessings to which we allude .
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2012-01
  • , author=Robert L. Dorit , title=Rereading Darwin , volume=100, issue=1, page=23 , magazine= citation , passage=We live our lives in three dimensions for our threescore and ten allotted years. Yet every branch of contemporary science, from statistics to cosmology, alludes to processes that operate on scales outside of human experience: the millisecond and the nanometer, the eon and the light-year.}}

    Synonyms

    * advert, hint, imply, indicate, insinuate, intimate, point, refer, signify, suggest

    Derived terms

    * allusive * allusion

    References

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    Anagrams

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