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
Both sides in the case alluded in their legal filings to the length of time Skakel’s motion for reconsideration has been pending.
Science is alluded to, but no actual references to reputable journal studies are provided.
As a supporting character in Solo, Lando’s story may be destined to be relegated to supplementary materials and a collection of scene-stealing cinematic moments only alluding to a larger character narrative.
The bunches of different colored roses were put together in the third letter of the alphabet, leading many followers to speculate if Khloé was alluding to the newborn’s first initial.
Bisciotti said, alluding to the team’s all-defense approach to the early rounds in 2017.
Bishop’s wife and sister alluded to abuse in his childhood that affected him as an adult.
The document also alludes to the public good in addition to national security concerns, comparing the development of such as network as akin to the Eisenhower National Highway System.
Ma and others in China’s tech industry allude to the benefits of technology for stopping bad people from doing bad things.
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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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