V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: to mention something in an indirect way

Synonyms: intimate, imply, suggest, signify, hint, insinuate

Antonyms: advertise, affirm, assert, declare

Tips: To "allude to something" is to hint at something in a manner that will let others draw their own conclusion. An allusion is the related noun, meaning "an indirect reference." Note that allude is not synonymous with refer. Refer means "to directly state something," while allude means "to imply or suggest" and is not direct. For a memory trick, note that allude sounds like "a lewd." Most people would not want to come out and say something lewd (sexually offensive), so instead they would allude (imply or suggest) to "a lewd" statement or thought.

Usage Examples:

Miguel alluded to his wife's drinking problem by mentioning her red eyes and constant partying. (hinted, intimated)

The rock group made several allusions to governmental injustices on their new CD. (references, insinuations) noun

She alluded to taking some time off, but didnít directly mention a vacation. (hinted, intimated)

Beth alluded that there was trouble at home, but she wasn't specific. (implied, hinted)

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