verb \i-ˈlīd\

Definition of ELIDE

transitive verb
a :  to suppress or alter (as a vowel or syllable) by elision
b :  to strike out (as a written word)
a :  to leave out of consideration :  omit
b :  curtail, abridge

Examples of ELIDE

  1. <some unnecessary verbiage will need to be elided, but otherwise the article is publishable>
  2. <the product presentation was not elided—it's always only 15 minutes long>

Origin of ELIDE

Latin elidere to strike out, from e- + laedere to injure by striking
First Known Use: 1796

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile


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