An example of allude is when a person mentions he needs to make a doctor appointment, but don’t say why he needs to.
intransitive verb-·lud′ed, -·lud′ing
Origin of alludeClassical Latin alludere, to joke, jest from ad-, to + ludere, to play: see ludicrous
intransitive verbal·lud·ed, al·lud·ing, al·ludes
Origin of alludeLatin allūdere to play with ad- ad- lūdere to play ( from lūdus game ; see leid- in Indo-European roots.)
Usage Note: Unlike semantically similar verbs that take a clause as a complement (such as suggest and hint ), allude usually requires a prepositional phrase starting with to. Occasionally one sees allude with a clause, as in The ambassador alluded that sanctions might soon be lifted. Such constructions have a long history, occurring in written sources as far back as the late 1500s, but they are not established as standard usage. In our 2015 survey, 86 percent of the Usage Panel considered the example above unacceptable, with 65 percent judging it completely unacceptable.
(third-person singular simple present alludes, present participle alluding, simple past and past participle alluded)