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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.
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 alludes
  • The nonbinding language also alludes to job losses that could occur if bank-based lending were abolished.
  • Most of the material alludes to books and other refereed published material by the author.
  • My concluding paragraph alludes to something that is not true.
  • The image alludes to the novel's time period, when the silhouette was a form of portraiture.
  • The following lines are those in which he alludes to the mythic story.
  • He alludes to the appearance of a face in the orb of the moon.
  • But the reason of this is, almost every part of it alludes to particular incidents.
  • He endeavoured in vain to recall the content and purpose of the boyish fancy to which the dream apparently alludes.
  • The website also alludes to the occasionally raucous health care town halls.
  • Even the author alludes to our supposed mastery of nature which is no more than a myth.
British Dictionary definitions for alludes


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 alludes



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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