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Allude appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • To note dull aisles made vital up in a motel, I pay a pile to manipulative damsels I allude to not.
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Definition of the verb allude

What does allude mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: alluded | alluding | alludes

  1. make a more or less disguised reference to
    • example: He alluded to the problem but did not mention it
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of allude: advert / touch
    • more generic words: hint / suggest = drop a hint
    • entailment: denote / refer = have as a meaning

Alternative definition of the verb allude


  1. [intransitive] To refer to something indirectly or by suggestion

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for allude

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Google previewThe Grammar Cookbook (2004)

by Pat Bensky

allude/elude. Allude means to refer to something indirectly. Elude means to hide from or escape. The robber managed to elude the police by racing away on a motorbike. The robber managed to allude the police by racing away on a motorbike ...

Google previewVocabulary Dictionary and Workbook (2006)

2,856 Words You Must Know by Mark Phillips

allude (ә-LOOD) vb. To allude to something is to ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Ila Usage, 1860-1960 (2000)

by Dennis G. Fowler

- to brew; to sit on eggs; to file, scrape; to allude indirectly to something. Ikumbe impande yezi ibote (p) File this shell, ...

Google previewA Dictionary of English Synonymes ... (1845)

by John Platts

ALLUDE, [alludo, L.] to speak in reference to some thing not directly mentioned.

Google previewGarner's Dictionary of Legal Usage (2011)

by Bryan A. Garner

allude. A. And advert; refer. To allude is to refer to (something) indirectly or by suggestion only. To advert or refer is to bring up directly, advert being the more formal word. (See advert.) Allude is misused for refer when the ...

Google previewCambridge Learner's Dictionary with CD-ROM (2007)

by Cambridge University Press

allude .1 lu:d verb allude to sb/sth formal to refer to someone or something but not directly allure /a'ljoaV noun [U] an attractive or exciting quality the allure of the city • alluring adjective attractive ...

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Scrabble value of A1L1L1U1D2E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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