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allude

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verb al·lude \ə-ˈlüd\

Definition of allude

al·lud·edal·lud·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to make indirect reference <comments alluding to an earlier discussion>; broadly :  refer



Examples of allude

  1. As alluded to previously, the entire universe may actually exist in a higher-dimensional space. —Clifford A. Pickover, Surfing Through Hyperspace, 1999

  2. Adams had alluded to slavery in 1816, when he confided to Jefferson that “there will be greater difficulties to preserve our Union, than You and I, our Fathers Brothers Friends … have had to form it.” —Joseph J. Ellis, American Heritage, May/June 1993

  3. The more challenging problems in fact—ones that the optimists rarely allude to—will be the problems of success. —Charles R. Morris, Atlantic, October 1989

  4. <Mrs. Simons alluded to some health problems, without being specific.>



Origin of allude

Latin alludere, literally, to play with, from ad- + ludere to play — more at ludicrous


First Known Use: 1533




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