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al·lude

 (ə-lo͞od′)
intr.v. al·lud·ed, al·lud·ing, al·ludes
To make an indirect reference: The candidate alluded to the recent war by saying, "We've all made sacrifices."

[Latin allūdere, to play with : ad-, ad- + lūdere, to play (from lūdus, game; see leid- in Indo-European roots).]
Usage Note: Unlike semantically similar verbs that take a clause as a complement (such as suggest and hint), allude usually requires a prepositional phrase starting with to. Occasionally one sees allude with a clause, as in The ambassador alluded that sanctions might soon be lifted. Such constructions have a long history, occurring in written sources as far back as the late 1500s, but they are not established as standard usage. In our 2015 survey, 86 percent of the Usage Panel considered the example above unacceptable, with 65 percent judging it completely unacceptable.

allude

(əˈluːd)
vb
1. to refer indirectly, briefly, or implicitly
2. (loosely) to mention
[C16: from Latin allūdere, from lūdere to sport, from lūdus a game]
Usage: Avoid confusion with elude

al•lude

(əˈlud)

v.i. -lud•ed, -lud•ing.
to refer casually or indirectly; make an allusion (usu. fol. by to): to allude to one's childhood.
[1525–35; < Latin allūdere to play beside, make a playful allusion to]

allude

, refer - To allude is to "mention indirectly, hint at," and to refer is to "mention directly."
See also related terms for hint.

allude


Past participle: alluded
Gerund: alluding

Imperative
allude
allude
Present
I allude
you allude
he/she/it alludes
we allude
you allude
they allude
Preterite
I alluded
you alluded
he/she/it alluded
we alluded
you alluded
they alluded
Present Continuous
I am alluding
you are alluding
he/she/it is alluding
we are alluding
you are alluding
they are alluding
Present Perfect
I have alluded
you have alluded
he/she/it has alluded
we have alluded
you have alluded
they have alluded
Past Continuous
I was alluding
you were alluding
he/she/it was alluding
we were alluding
you were alluding
they were alluding
Past Perfect
I had alluded
you had alluded
he/she/it had alluded
we had alluded
you had alluded
they had alluded
Future
I will allude
you will allude
he/she/it will allude
we will allude
you will allude
they will allude
Future Perfect
I will have alluded
you will have alluded
he/she/it will have alluded
we will have alluded
you will have alluded
they will have alluded
Future Continuous
I will be alluding
you will be alluding
he/she/it will be alluding
we will be alluding
you will be alluding
they will be alluding
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been alluding
you have been alluding
he/she/it has been alluding
we have been alluding
you have been alluding
they have been alluding
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been alluding
you will have been alluding
he/she/it will have been alluding
we will have been alluding
you will have been alluding
they will have been alluding
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been alluding
you had been alluding
he/she/it had been alluding
we had been alluding
you had been alluding
they had been alluding
Conditional
I would allude
you would allude
he/she/it would allude
we would allude
you would allude
they would allude
Past Conditional
I would have alluded
you would have alluded
he/she/it would have alluded
we would have alluded
you would have alluded
they would have alluded
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.allude - make a more or less disguised reference toallude - make a more or less disguised reference to; "He alluded to the problem but did not mention it"
hint, suggest - drop a hint; intimate by a hint
concern, have to do with, pertain, bear on, come to, touch on, refer, relate, touch - be relevant to; "There were lots of questions referring to her talk"; "My remark pertained to your earlier comments"
Translations
يُلَمِّح ، يُشِير
narážet
hentyde
viitata
aludirati
hivatkozik
vitna óbeint í, drepa á
aliuzijadaryti užuominąužsimintiužuomina
atsaukties
alluderehentyde
robiť narážky
değinmekima etmek

allude

[əˈluːd] VI to allude toaludir a, referirse a

allude

[əˈluːd] vi
to allude to sth → faire allusion à qch

allude

vi +prep obj to allude toanspielen auf (+acc)

allude

[əˈluːd] vi to allude toalludere a, fare allusione a

allude

(əˈluːd) verb
(with to) to mention. He did not allude to the remarks made by the previous speaker.
alˈlusion (-ʒən) noun
(the act of making) a mention or reference. The prime minister made no allusion to the war in his speech.
References in classic literature ?
She never alluded to a certain person, but she thought of him a good deal, dreamed dreams more than ever, and once Jo, rummaging her sister's desk for stamps, found a bit of paper scribbled over with the words, `Mrs.
In point of fact, the country which is the scene of the following tale has undergone as little change, since the historical events alluded to had place, as almost any other district of equal extent within the whole limits of the United States.
The only members of the family known to be extant were, first, the Judge himself, and a single surviving son, who was now travelling in Europe; next, the thirty years' prisoner, already alluded to, and a sister of the latter, who occupied, in an extremely retired manner, the House of the Seven Gables, in which she had a life-estate by the will of the old bachelor.
NEVER, by a slip of the tongue, have they so much as alluded to either of their old friends, any more than Miles has alluded to his expulsion.
But it seemed that, when on the wharf, Queequeg had not at all noticed what I now alluded to; hence I would have thought myself to have been optically deceived in that matter, were it not for Elijah's otherwise inexplicable question.
Stubb here alluded to a strange story told of the Jeroboam, and a certain man among her crew, some time previous when the Pequod spoke the Town-Ho.
But I did break out, that time; so that he has never alluded to the subject since.
Her mother alluded plaintively to the fact that the Perkinses had a habit of going into declines; that she'd always feared that Emma Jane's complexion was too beautiful to be healthy; that some men would be proud of having an ambitious daughter, and be glad to give her the best advantages; that she feared the daily journeys to Edgewood were going to be too much for her own health, and Mr.
Notill Cole alluded to my supposed attachment, it had never entered my head.
The Miss Steeles, as she expected, had now all the benefit of these jokes, and in the eldest of them they raised a curiosity to know the name of the gentleman alluded to, which, though often impertinently expressed, was perfectly of a piece with her general inquisitiveness into the concerns of their family.
Vanstone had so briefly alluded on the previous day.
For I thought he wanted something else to eat, and had pointedly alluded to that description of refreshment.