allude

[uh-lood]
verb (used without object), al·lud·ed, al·lud·ing.
  1. to refer casually or indirectly; make an allusion (usually followed by to): He often alluded to his poverty.
  2. 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 formspre·al·lude, verb (used without object), pre·al·lud·ed, pre·al·lud·ing.
Can be confusedallowed allude aloud elude

Synonyms for allude

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Related Words for alluded

point, suggest, intimate, advert, imply, insinuate, refer

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British Dictionary definitions for alluded

allude

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

Word Origin for allude

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

confusable

Avoid confusion with elude
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Word Origin and History for alluded

allude

v.

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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