allude to


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.

1525–35; < Latin allūdere to play beside, make a playful allusion to, equivalent to al- al- + lūdere to play

preallude, verb (used without object), prealluded, prealluding.

allowed, allude, aloud, elude.

hint, intimate, suggest. Unabridged
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allude (əˈluːd)
vb (foll by to)
1.  to refer indirectly, briefly, or implicitly
2.  (loosely) to mention

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Word Origin & History

1530s, from M.Fr. alluder, from L. alludere "to joke, jest," from ad- "to" and ludere "to play" (see ludicrous). Originally "mock," later, "make a fanciful reference to."
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