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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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  • Also the sheep-hook is a noble metaphor, alluding to the mixture of straight and crooked in the ways of nature.
  • It appears that some commentators have seen fit to spend a lot of time alluding to these issues.
  • If you are alluding to some form of human induced tectonic activity, then one or the other of us is under medicated.
  • But he is less forthcoming regarding the pump price of hydrogen, alluding to the many factors that determine costs.
  • It is troubling that scientifically skilled persons keep on alluding to evidence which is not there.
  • And the threats that you were alluding to earlier aren't really go to war threats.
  • Numerous entries may be found concerning various motions without alluding to the original charge.
  • The eight arched elements create an undulating rhythm alluding to the speed, movement, and rhythm of rail travel.
British Dictionary definitions for alluding


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 alluding



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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