elide

verb
\ i-ˈlīd How to pronounce elide (audio) \
elided; eliding

Definition of elide

transitive verb

1a : to suppress or alter (something, such as a vowel or syllable) by elision
b : to strike out (something, such as a written word)
2a : to leave out of consideration : omit

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Examples of elide in a Sentence

some unnecessary verbiage will need to be elided, but otherwise the article is publishable the product presentation was not elided—it's always only 15 minutes long
Recent Examples on the Web But the main way the film wrestles with the complications of its own story is by eliding them. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "The Most Powerful Scene in Bombshell," 23 Dec. 2019 At just under 180 pages, Dueck’s narrative seems a bit too short and elides some crucial questions. Mario Loyola, National Review, "Foreign Policy in the Age of Trump," 5 Dec. 2019 Taking the film from Virginia’s point of view helps elide its uneven moments and lack of character depth (but not its sometimes sludgy pace). Katie Walsh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Vita and Virginia’ a swooning and subversive portrait of a literary love affair," 5 Sep. 2019 Taking the film from Virginia’s point of view helps elide its uneven moments and lack of character depth (but not its sometimes sludgy pace). Katie Walsh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Vita and Virginia’ a swooning and subversive portrait of a literary love affair," 5 Sep. 2019 Expanses of glass that elide the interior with the natural surroundings. Christopher Benfey, Harper's magazine, "Burning Down the House," 25 Nov. 2019 Taking the film from Woolf’s point of view helps elide its uneven moments and lack of character depth (but not its sometimes sludgy pace). Katie Walsh | Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "‘Vita & Virginia,’ a Portland Queer Film Festival pick, is a revealing, subversive look at a literary love affair," 19 Sep. 2019 Taking the film from Virginia’s point of view helps elide its uneven moments and lack of character depth (but not its sometimes sludgy pace). Katie Walsh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Vita and Virginia’ a swooning and subversive portrait of a literary love affair," 5 Sep. 2019 Yet the movie elides more or less all of the substance in this backstory, leaving the central relationship of the film, the marital one, utterly opaque. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” Reviewed: Richard Linklater’s Narrow View of a Creator in Crisis," 26 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of elide

1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for elide

Latin elidere to strike out, from e- + laedere to injure by striking

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The first known use of elide was in 1540

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15 Jan 2020

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“Elide.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elide. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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