Suggest vs Allude - What's the difference?

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Allude is a synonym of suggest.

Suggest is a synonym of allude.


As verbs the difference between suggest and allude

is that suggest is to imply but stop short of saying explicitly while allude is to refer to something indirectly or by suggestion.

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suggest

English

Verb

(en verb)
  • To imply but stop short of saying explicitly.
  • * (John Locke)
  • Some ideas are suggested to the mind by all the ways of sensation and reflection.
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  • To make one suppose; cause one to suppose (something).
  • * {{quote-news, year=2012, date=May 24, author=Nathan Rabin, work=The Onion AV Club
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  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-16, author= Sarah Boseley
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  • To ask for without demanding.
  • To recommend.
  • * , chapter=19
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=Nothing was too small to receive attention, if a supervising eye could suggest improvements likely to conduce to the common welfare. Mr. Gordon Burnage, for instance, personally visited dust-bins and back premises, accompanied by a sort of village bailiff, going his round like a commanding officer doing billets.}}
  • (obsolete) To seduce; to prompt to evil; to tempt.
  • * (William Shakespeare)
  • Knowing that tender youth is soon suggested .

    Usage notes

    * (ask for without demanding) This is a catenative verb that takes the gerund (the form ending in -ing ). See

    Synonyms

    * (imply but stop short of saying explicitly) allude, hint, imply, insinuate * (ask for without demanding) propose * See also

    Derived terms

    * suggestion * suggestive

    See also

    * (Suggestion)

    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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