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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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  • Throughout their correspondence, they allude to the lyrics, attesting to their powerful long-distance connection.
  • To the general public these contorted shapes appear to allude to nature.
  • Silk drapes stitched with tiny dragonflies allude to her love of nature and the outdoors.
  • Horner doesn't hesitate to allude to classical compositions.
  • In the political reality you allude to, corporations call the shots.
  • And big money is what recruiters often allude to in their pitches.
  • The ideological divide that you allude to is just not prevalent here.
  • While some of the puzzle books have clues that allude to the nature of the final picture, some do not.
  • Cook said nothing to even remotely allude to a coming mid-sized touch screen devise.
  • The new work seems to allude to old and new styles of courtship.
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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