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[ih-lohp] /ɪˈloʊp/
verb (used without object), eloped, eloping.
to run off secretly to be married, usually without the consent or knowledge of one's parents.
to run away with a lover.
to leave without permission or notification; escape:
At age 21, the apprentice eloped from his master.
(of a person with a mental disorder or cognitive impairment) to leave or run away from a safe area or safe premises.
1590-1600; Middle English *alopen to run away (whence Anglo-French aloper). See a-3, lope
Related forms
elopement, noun
eloper, noun
nonelopement, noun
uneloped, adjective
uneloping, adjective Unabridged
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Examples for elope
  • In a stalled car in the middle of nowhere, that's where, with their plans to elope in shambles.
  • They elope with loved ones against the wishes of parents.
  • If karma really exists, maybe your daughters will elope.
  • Bankers wanted to elope with her, realtors wanted to buy her a building.
  • It used to be that marrying away from home meant sneaking off to elope.
  • Persons with confusion or dementia who elope from facilities are at great risk of harm.
  • There is also a risk of harm to patients trying to elope because of inadequate facilities design characteristics.
  • Claimant has no sense of danger, for he does not look before crossing streets and tends to elope or run away.
British Dictionary definitions for elope


(intransitive) to run away secretly with a lover, esp in order to marry
Derived Forms
elopement, noun
eloper, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Anglo-French aloper, perhaps from Middle Dutch lōpen to run; see lope
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Word Origin and History for elope
1590s, from Anglo-Fr. aloper "run away from a husband with one's lover" (1338), from O.Fr es- + M.E. lepen "run, leap," or M.Du. (out)lopen "run away." Sense of "lovers who run from parents to marry secretly" is 19c. The oldest Gmc. word for "wedding" is represented by O.E. brydlop (cf. O.H.G. bruthlauft, O.N. bruðhlaup), lit. "bridal run," the conducting of the woman to her new home. Related: Eloped; eloping.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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