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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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Examples from the web for alluded
  • Those who cited administrators seem to me to have alluded to this.
  • It has also been suggested that some of the studies alluded to were too small to support the conclusions drawn from them.
  • At times he was almost shouting, and when he alluded to his detractors' theories, his eyes blazed with rage.
  • Please provide an example of the thorough refutation to which you have alluded.
  • So, as someone else alluded to earlier, it seems that it's either everybody or nobody.
  • As the article alluded to, unemployment will certainly not increase spending among the poor.
  • And as alluded to before, the number of possible unexpected inputs in a complex system is effectively infinite.
  • He alluded to activities that sometimes blotted out memory.
  • But other folks have alluded to the networking element.
  • The article alluded to the function of the modern system to rehab instead of punish.
British Dictionary definitions for alluded


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 alluded



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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