- 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
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hint, intimate, suggest.
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Examples from the Web for allude
Last season was definitely challenging, because we were not allowed to mention them or allude to a mole of any kind.The Leaner, Meaner Season 2 of ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’
September 22, 2014
Mr. Ban did, in fact, allude to the Islamist organization in the statement.War of Words Between Israel and UN Continues
August 10, 2014
I may not do more than allude to his death, fit ending of his life.The Real Memorial Day: Oliver Wendell Holmes's Salute To A Momentous American Anniversary
May 26, 2014
I like the way they allude to "working-class and younger voters.""Kill the Bill"
July 9, 2013
Some also speculate that the name could allude to Francis Xavier, the co-founder of the Society of Jesuis—aka the Jesuits.Can We Call Him Frank? New Pope Picks New Name, Francis
March 13, 2013
She could not allude to such things without at least a possibility of response.Weighed and Wanting
When I use the word simplicity, I allude, of course, to everyday cooking.The Cook's Decameron: A Study in Taste:
Mrs. W. G. Waters
He did not allude by a single word to the affair of the watch.Wilfrid Cumbermede
The construction adopted in the text, might allude to the marriage of Rowena with Vortigern.Y Gododin
"I don't know to what you allude, Joe," said Mr. Lavender severely.The Burning Spear
- to refer indirectly, briefly, or implicitly
- (loosely) to mention
C16: from Latin allūdere, from lūdere to sport, from lūdus a game
Avoid confusion with elude
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Word Origin and History for allude
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