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allude

[uh-lood] /əˈlud/
verb (used without object), alluded, alluding.
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
1525-1535
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.
Synonyms
hint, intimate, suggest.
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British Dictionary definitions for allude to

allude

/əˈluːd/
verb (intransitive) foll by to
1.
to refer indirectly, briefly, or implicitly
2.
(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 to

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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