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[uh-lood] /əˈlud/
verb (used without object), alluded, alluding.
to refer casually or indirectly; make an allusion (usually followed by to):
He often alluded to his poverty.
to contain a casual or indirect reference (usually followed by to):
The letter alludes to something now forgotten.
Origin of allude
1525-35; < Latin allūdere to play beside, make a playful allusion to, equivalent to al- al- + lūdere to play
Related forms
preallude, verb (used without object), prealluded, prealluding.
Can be confused
allowed, allude, aloud, elude.
hint, intimate, suggest. Unabridged
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  • She could not allude to such things without at least a possibility of response.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • When I use the word simplicity, I allude, of course, to everyday cooking.

  • He did not allude by a single word to the affair of the watch.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • The construction adopted in the text, might allude to the marriage of Rowena with Vortigern.

    Y Gododin Aneurin
  • "I don't know to what you allude, Joe," said Mr. Lavender severely.

    The Burning Spear John Galsworthy
British Dictionary definitions for allude


verb (intransitive) foll by to
to refer indirectly, briefly, or implicitly
(loosely) to mention
Word Origin
C16: from Latin allūdere, from lūdere to sport, from lūdus a game
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Word Origin and History for allude

1530s, "mock," from Middle French alluder or directly from Latin alludere "to play, sport, joke, jest," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + ludere "to play" (see ludicrous). Meaning "make an indirect reference, point in passing" is from 1570s. Related: Alluded; alluding.

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