allude
intransitive verb (alluded; alluding) Etymology: Latin alludere, literally, to play with, from ad- + ludere to play — more at ludicrous Date: 1533 to make indirect reference <
comments alluding to an earlier discussion
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; broadly refer

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • allude — allude, allusion 1. To allude to someone or something is to mention them ‘indirectly or covertly’, i.e. without mentioning their name, unlike refer, which means to mention them directly, i.e. by name. So if you refer to Julius Caesar you name him …   Modern English usage

  • Allude — Al*lude , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Alluded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Alluding}.] [L. alludere to play with, to allude; ad + ludere to play.] To refer to something indirectly or by suggestion; to have reference to a subject not specifically and plainly… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • allude — ► VERB (allude to) 1) hint at. 2) mention in passing. ORIGIN Latin alludere, from ludere to play …   English terms dictionary

  • Allude — Al*lude , v. t. To compare allusively; to refer (something) as applicable. [Obs.] Wither. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • allude — I verb advert, attingere, bring to mind, cite, connote, convey, designare, evince, hint, imply, import, indicate, infer, insinuate, leave an inference, make indirect reference, mention, point to, refer to, relate, significare, signify, suggest,… …   Law dictionary

  • allude — (v.) 1530s, mock, from M.Fr. alluder or directly from L. alludere to play, sport, joke, jest, from ad to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + ludere to play (see LUDICROUS (Cf. ludicrous)). Meaning make an indirect reference, point in passing is from 1570s.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • allude — *refer, advert Analogous words: *suggest, imply, hint, intimate …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • allude — [v] hint at advert, bring up, imply, insinuate, intimate, point, refer, suggest; concepts 60,66 …   New thesaurus

  • allude — [ə lo͞od′, alo͞od′] vi. alluded, alluding [L alludere, to joke, jest < ad , to + ludere, to play: see LUDICROUS] to refer in a casual or indirect way (to) SYN. REFER …   English World dictionary

  • allude — v. 1) to allude vaguely 2) (d; intr.) to allude to (the story alluded to a mystery in his past) * * * [ə luːd] to allude vaguely (d; intr.) to allude to (the story alluded to a mystery in his past) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • allude — UK [əˈluːd] / US [əˈlud] verb Word forms allude : present tense I/you/we/they allude he/she/it alludes present participle alluding past tense alluded past participle alluded Phrasal verbs: allude to …   English dictionary

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