allude
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /əˈluːd/
Verb

allude (alludes, present participle alluding; 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.
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