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allude

[ uh-lood ]
/ əˈlud /
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verb (used without object), al·lud·ed, al·lud·ing.
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.
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Origin of allude

First recorded in 1525–35; from Latin allūdere “to play beside, make a playful allusion to,” equivalent to al- al- + lūdere “to play”

OTHER WORDS FROM allude

pre·al·lude, verb (used without object), pre·al·lud·ed, pre·al·lud·ing.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH allude

allude , elude
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British Dictionary definitions for allude

allude
/ (əˈluːd) /

verb (intr foll by to)
to refer indirectly, briefly, or implicitly
(loosely) to mention

Word Origin for allude

C16: from Latin allūdere, from lūdere to sport, from lūdus a game

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Avoid confusion with elude
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