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

elopement, noun
eloper, noun
nonelopement, noun
uneloped, adjective
uneloping, adjective
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elope (ɪˈləʊp)
(intr) to run away secretly with a lover, esp in order to marry
[C16: from Anglo-French aloper, perhaps from Middle Dutch lōpen to run; see lope]

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Word Origin & History

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.
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Example sentences
He twice eloped with wealthy heiresses, and their property was the nucleus of
  the estate he built up.
So this was the small, elegant party held after she and her husband had eloped.
Applications involving fully dev eloped plastic fl ow are targeted.
Additional study is needed before adequate containment and response approaches
  can be dev eloped.
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