allude


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 to — index appertain, bear (adduce), connote, disclose, imply, indicate, mention Burton s Legal Thesaurus …   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 to — (someone/something) to refer to someone or something briefly or indirectly. In his letter, Dick alluded to problems the company was facing, but he never suggested they were going out of business …   New idioms 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


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