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[ih-lahyd] /ɪˈlaɪd/
verb (used with object), elided, eliding.
to omit (a vowel, consonant, or syllable) in pronunciation.
to suppress; omit; ignore; pass over.
Law. to annul or quash.
Origin of elide
1585-95; < Latin ēlīdere to strike out, equivalent to ē- e-1 + -līdere, combining form of laedere to wound
Related forms
unelided, adjective Unabridged
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  • Hopefully the range of communities we've exhibited has managed to elide some of those distinctions.
  • On an ordinary day, you can explain the complexities of a relationship, or simply elide them.
  • We were also careful to elide any recipes for developing a biological weapon.
  • It's symptomatic of who are, of our abiding belief in short-cuts, and our technological ability to elide truth.
  • Chroniclers prefer to skate over it or, where possible, elide it altogether.
  • The ellipses elide other prominent bookstores he mentioned, and the pattern is basically the same every day.
  • Movies about revolution tend to spotlight the fighting and to elide the often grimier business of governing in its aftermath.
British Dictionary definitions for elide


(phonetics) to undergo or cause to undergo elision
Derived Forms
elidible, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin ēlīdere to knock, from laedere to hit, wound
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Word Origin and History for elide

1590s, a legal term, "to annul, do away with," from Middle French elider (16c.), from Latin elidere "strike out," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + -lidere, comb. form of laedere "to strike." Phonological sense is first recorded 1796. Related: Elided; eliding.

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