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verb     allude pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlealluding
past tensealluded
past participlealluded

phrasal verb

allude to

Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyallude to
he/she/italludes to
present participlealluding to
past tensealluded to
past participlealluded to
allude to something to mention someone or something in an indirect way

He kept alluding to his wife, but didn’t mention her name.

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snap election

a general election … that is called earlier than expected

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