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From Middle French alluder, from Latin alludere (to play with or allude), from ad + ludere (to play).

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  • IPA(key): /əˈluːd/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -uːd

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allude (third-person singular simple present alludes, present participle alluding, simple past and past participle alluded)

  1. (intransitive) to refer to something indirectly or by suggestion
    • 1597, Richard Hooker, Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity, Book V, Chapter xxix.3, 1841 ed., page 523:
      These speeches . . . do seem to allude unto such ministerial garments as were then in use.
    • 1846, George Luxford, Edward Newman, The Phytologist: a popular botanical miscellany: Volume 2, Part 2, page 474:
      It was aptly said by Newton that "whatever is not deduced from facts must be regarded as hypothesis," but hypothesis appears to us a title too honourable for the crude guessings to which we allude.
    • 2012 January, Robert L. Dorit, “Rereading Darwin”, in American Scientist[1], volume 100, number 1, archived from the original on 14 November 2012, page 23:
      We live our lives in three dimensions for our threescore and ten allotted years. Yet every branch of contemporary science, from statistics to cosmology, alludes to processes that operate on scales outside of human experience: the millisecond and the nanometer, the eon and the light-year.

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  • IPA(key): /alˈlu.de/
  • Rhymes: -ude
  • Hyphenation: al‧lù‧de

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  1. third-person singular present indicative of alludere

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  1. second-person singular present active imperative of allūdō