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
These partners had begun their marriage, now in its thirty-second year, by running off and eloping.
Cook, the eloping couple, and the father all wind up on the same train.
Your residents may feel the same way, so it's important to determine whether they are at risk of wandering or eloping.
The failure to develop care plans to address the potential risks for residents wandering within the facility and eloping.
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