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allude

hint, intimate, suggest; to refer to casually; an indirect reference: allude to a mutual friend
Not to be confused with:
elude – shun, dodge, escape, avoid, evade: elude the police
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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.
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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
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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]
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allude

, refer - To allude is to "mention indirectly, hint at," and to refer is to "mention directly."
See also related terms for hint.
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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
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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"
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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
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allude

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

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

[əˈluːd] vi to allude toalludere a, fare allusione a
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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.
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References in classic literature ?
It was not accidentally, Natasha felt, that he alluded, when speaking of the highest aristocracy, to an ambassador's ball he had attended, and to invitations he had received from N.N.
"I have alluded to these matters," he continued, "merely in order to show you that the greater share of danger and discomfort in this expedition falls to my lot.
The bloody battle alluded to in the text, fought and won by King Harold, over his brother the rebellious Tosti, and an auxiliary force of Danes or Norsemen, was said, in the text, and a corresponding note, to have taken place at Stamford, in Leicestershire, and upon the river Welland.
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.
Having ascertained the fact before alluded to, that the islanders,--from motives of precaution, dwelt altogether in the depths of the valleys, and avoided wandering about the more elevated portions of the shore, unless bound on some expedition of war or plunder, I concluded that if I could effect unperceived a passage to the mountain, I might easily remain among them, supporting myself by such fruits as came in my way until the sailing of the ship, an event of which I could not fail to be immediately apprised, as from my lofty position I should command a view of the entire harbour.
His eyes were sharp and piercing, save during those intervals of torpor to which I have alluded; and his thin, hawk-like nose gave his whole expression an air of alertness and decision.
I see that I have alluded above to his powers upon the violin.
Had her aunt alluded to the disgraced teacher, or to some other woman?
But who was the man, so bitterly and so regretfully alluded to?
His weaknesses are several times alluded to by Socrates, who, however, will not allow him to be attacked by his brother Adeimantus.
Nor, will the tragic dramatist who would depict mortal indomitableness in its fullest sweep and direct swing, ever forget a hint, incidentally so important in his art, as the one now alluded to.
There are many things connected with our journey into Kukuanaland that I should have liked to dwell upon at length, which, as it is, have been scarcely alluded to.