Simple Definition of ellipsis
: the act of leaving out one or more words that are not necessary for a phrase to be understood
: a sign (such as …) used in printed text to show that words have been left out
Full Definition of ellipsis
plural el·lip·ses play \-ˌsēz\
1 a : the omission of one or more words that are obviously understood but that must be supplied to make a construction grammatically complete b : a sudden leap from one topic to another
2 : marks or a mark (as …) indicating an omission (as of words) or a pause
Examples of ellipsis
“Begin when ready” for “Begin when you are ready” is an example of ellipsis.
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