elided; eliding

transitive verb

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

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 Alexandra deliberately overlooks and elides Mimi’s controversial refusal to call for National Guard protection. Armond White, National Review, 25 Oct. 2023 The Kingdom of Hawaii was illegally overthrown in 1893 with the aid of the U.S. armed forces and the islands became a state in 1959 — a one-sentence history that elides generations of further losses. Julia Wick, Jaweed Kaleem, Christopher Reynolds and Emerson Drewes, Los Angeles Times, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Sep. 2023 Prigozhin managed to elide a trial when frustrated members of Mueller’s team suddenly dropped the case against the mercurial catering magnate in 2020 after Russian hackers leaked sensitive information about the prosecution’s case to the public. Time, 25 Aug. 2023 Still, some casual moviegoers unaware of his racial identity might put him on the same footing as other white actors, a false equivalence that elides the truth that Karloff was, too, Asian. Hazlitt, 6 Sep. 2023 In a couple of spots, open arches interrupt the apartment buildings’ façade and lead through the center of the block, neatly eliding the fact that the development’s spine, following the tracks, skews across the street grid. Curbed, 13 Sep. 2023 Turing’s strategy unleashed decades of relentless advances that led to GPT but elided the problem. Christof Koch, Scientific American, 8 Sep. 2023 Minhaj has elided or concocted other details in his stories, often to place himself more squarely at the center of the action. Clare Malone, The New Yorker, 15 Sep. 2023 Such questions are elided behind the fig leaf of Hoffman’s mysticism. Ron Charles, Washington Post, 17 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of elide was in 1540

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“Elide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elide. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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