- The definition of allude is to drop a hint about something, but not go into details or specifics.
An example of allude is when a person mentions he needs to make a doctor appointment, but don’t say why he needs to.
allude definition by Webster's New World
allude definition by American Heritage Dictionary
intransitive verb al·lud·ed, al·lud·ing, al·ludes
Origin: Latin allūdere, to play with : ad-, ad- + lūdere, to play (from lūdus, game; see leid- in Indo-European roots).Usage Note: Allude and allusion are often used where the more general terms refer and reference would be preferable. Allude and allusion normally apply to indirect references in which the source is not specifically identified: “Well, we'll always have Paris,” he told the travel agent, in an allusion to Casablanca. Refer and reference, unless qualified, usually imply specific mention of a source: I will refer to Hamlet for my conclusion: As Polonius says, “Though this be madness, yet there is method in't.” See Usage Note at refer.