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elide

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verb \i-ˈlīd\

Definition of elide

elidedeliding

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to suppress or alter (as a vowel or syllable) by elision b :  to strike out (as a written word)

  3. 2 a :  to leave out of consideration :  omit b :  curtail, abridge



Examples of elide in a sentence

  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

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