Examples of allude in a Sentence
- As alluded to previously, the entire universe may actually exist in a higher-dimensional space. —Clifford A. Pickover, Surfing Through Hyperspace, 1999
- 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
- 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
Mrs. Simons alluded to some health problems, without being specific.
Recent Examples of allude from the Web
Following abuse allegations alluded to by actress and model Chloe Dykstra, comedian Chris Hardwick’s nerd culture empire is toppling.
But King alluded to the problems everyone's baggage could pose during the general election against the Republican candidates for governor.
Abagnale is alluding to a trend that is already in motion.
D'Antoni was alluding to Paul's 18-point second half, which included four clutch three-pointers.
Trump is alluding to the fact that the JCPOA gradually lifts restrictions on the types of nuclear activities and the level of uranium enrichment Iran may conduct.
Jenner might be alluding to being back in the dating pool after her romance with NBA star Blake Griffin, 29, appears to have fizzled out.
Of course, the Cavaliers star was alluding to Most Outstanding Player Donte DiVincenzo, the sophomore guard who stole the show and scored a game-high 31 points off the bench.
But where Gilbert Stuart flirts with the splendors of the office of the President, Wiley alludes to the story of the man himself.
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Usage of allude
Allude is a word with playful roots—literally. It comes from the Latin alludere, which means "to play with," and shares the root of Latin ludere ("to play") with other English words, such as ludicrous and delude. One of the former meanings of allude was "to engage in wordplay": this sense is now long obsolete.
Although some people think that allude must always specifically entail an indirect reference, this is not the case; people have been using allude in the sense of "to refer to directly" for well over a century (as in "The Man Without a Country," the short story by Edward Everett Hale from 1863: "He never alluded so directly to his story again..."). So while allude may more commonly be used in the sense of expressing something indirectly, it is neither uncommon nor improper to use it to mean something more direct.
Allude need not always be followed by the preposition to, although that is the most common construction in modern usage.
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