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
Blunt alluded to the same multi-step strategy Thursday in a speech on the Senate floor.
Juncker alluded to an ongoing EU dispute with Poland over democratic standards that some observers believe could be as big a threat to the bloc as Brexit.
In remarks last week, controlling shareholder Shari Redstone alluded to the importance of scale when asked about merging CBS and Viacom.
And Franklin alluded earlier in 2016 that Dantonio and his staff had used negative recruiting tactics against his program, which Dantonio and other Big Ten coaches denied.
To give the home's exterior its classic West Indian look, builders Kevin and Betsy Kalman chose a range of modern materials that allude to the city's storied past.
Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains alluded to both Wednesday.
Meiners has alluded to discussions during the summer in which U of L Board of Trustees chairman David Grissom asked interim President Greg Postel to fire Pitino.
The designs that ornament his clothes allude to everything from Qing Dynasty decorations and the paintings of Francis Bacon to Ottoman-era iconography and the artist James Reeve’s photographs of cities at night.
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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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