\ 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

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 The writers have fabricated resonances, but these only elide the specificity of each woman’s life. The New Yorker, 2 May 2022 In fact, the day-to-day operations of many galleries are built around more banal forms of excess that elide easy parody but are equally pernicious. New York Times, 25 Mar. 2022 Trump has often claimed the mantle of Reagan for himself, just as Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton (R) attempted to elide the differences between the 40th and 45th presidents in a recent speech (at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library no less). Damon Linker, The Week, 14 Mar. 2022 And this visceral quality can elide the fact that Jackson seems allergic to disclosure. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 27 Jan. 2022 Yet like any worthy storyteller, Mr. Adams has made choices about what to emphasize and what to elide, carefully guarding certain pieces of himself and working to recast others. New York Times, 23 Oct. 2021 But the psychology and the practicalities of the story are ultimately thinly sketched, the abrupt transitions calculated to elide reflection in repose. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 5 Oct. 2021 Forget, also, the reckless growth of the state in America in recent years, a reality many prefer to elide. Jack Butler, National Review, 22 Aug. 2021 Given the proliferation of anti-immigrant rhetoric in the past four years, this history seems too important to elide. The New Yorker, 16 Nov. 2020 See More

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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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11 May 2022

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“Elide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elide. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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