- 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 alluded
He wrote that he deserved to die and alluded to a ominous plan that he had backed out of twice already.School Shooters Love This Pickup Artist Website
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She alluded to research on the topic, but did not provide any herself.PETA Needs to STFU About Autism and Dairy
June 10, 2014
Olson and Taylor-Johnson have alluded to some of the complexities in the Scarlet Witch/Quicksilver relationship.
Obama alluded to his own 2009 speech in Cairo reaching out to the Muslim world to build a better future for all.Saudi Arabia’s Comic Book Fatwa
March 28, 2014
The penalty was what Kozlovsky alluded to without knowledge of its origin: 15 days in the clink, plus a fine.Putin’s Police Arrest Pussy Riot Again In Court Crackdown
February 25, 2014
I have been compelled to believe he alluded to this unhappy woman.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
Not once since she began to get better, had Phemy alluded to her faithless lover.Heather and Snow
It is not, in fact, connected with the actual—tragedy to which you have alluded.The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
I ought before to have alluded to the works of the late G. Robson.Modern Painters Volume I (of V)
Sir George alluded to themselves as "a band of devoted guerillas."The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol. 1 (of 2)
- 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 alluded
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