allude

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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

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 ?
They then conversed of the court, without alluding to Madame; of Monsieur, without speaking of domestic affairs; of the king, without speaking of his brother's wife; of the queen-mother, without alluding to her daughter-in-law; of the king of England, without alluding to his sister-in-law; of the state of the affections of either of the travelers, without pronouncing any name that might be dangerous.
I imagined at the time that he had some strong reason for not alluding to it, but he soon dispelled the idea by coming round to the subject of his own accord.
The subject of the Bargaining Council to which the Vice President intended alluding was a different matter that is unrelated to the ongoing negotiations on conditions of service for civil servants.
A statement in Abuja on Sunday by Kola Ologbondiyan, its National Publicity Secretary, the PDP pointed out that the Presidency needed to say it what it meant by alluding to certain allegations.
Alluding to the emerging positive signs, he has noted rise of the preliminary surplus in the public budget value, without deducting debts interests, in first half of 2018-2019, accounting to four percent of the local product, in contrast to a preliminary deficit in the range of three percent during the same period, last year.
Also alluding to Aoun, minister Fneish accused the general's opponents of shunning him out of a mere rejection of sound partnership and representation, as he said.
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In 1992 he made a piece called Dayenu, alluding to the Passover prayer meaning "It would have been enough." Traditionally the prayer is used by Jews to thank God for allowing them to escape from slavery in Egypt.
They roamed freely but did not really leave a territory of flat rectilinearity in their construction, which was often manifest as a stretched canvas or panel with prosthetic extensions, or in jerrybuilt contraptions alluding to shelves, cabinets, windows, or fragments of wall.
And times have changed: "I think the gay tourist should be circumspect while traveling in Egypt," Reeder cautions, alluding to the current routine persecution of openly gay men.