\ 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 Given the proliferation of anti-immigrant rhetoric in the past four years, this history seems too important to elide. The New Yorker, "The Mail," 16 Nov. 2020 This phrasing allows the government to elide major portions of Google’s relevant market. Ryan Young, National Review, "Google Antitrust Lawsuit Is Heavy on the Politics, Weak on the Merits," 22 Oct. 2020 Easier for Disney to elide the mother, to disappear her, than to introduce her to the narrative and be forced to reckon with the interiority of the child, let alone a grieving husband. Jeanna Kadlec, Longreads, "Deconstructing Disney: Motherhood and the Taming of Maleficent," 8 Oct. 2020 All of these feel-good public efforts elide what many American corporations are: an impediment to voting, not a facilitator of it. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, "Even Fast-Casual Restaurants Are Telling Me to Vote," 29 Sep. 2020 Bach himself was a technician and instrument inventor; the Baroque originalists who would insist these pieces be performed on a harpsichord have to somehow elide this aspect of his biography. Will Stephenson, Harper's Magazine, "The Well-Tempered Synthesizer," 15 Sep. 2020 The resurging coronavirus has in many places exposed fault lines of class and privilege that allow those with means to escape high-risk environments, to put off work and to elide financial concerns in the interest of staying safe. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "Coronavirus Leads Some Athletes to Opt Out, if They Can Afford It," 3 July 2020 The paternal gaze can all too easily elide internal complexity in favor of external reactivity, seeing the daughter's actions not as a reflection of her own growth and legacy but of his. Julie Muncy, Wired, "Last of Us Part II Is Great, but Can't Escape Its Father's Shadow," 12 June 2020 Much of the film is focused on Brown-Long’s personal path to some kind of redemption, and Birman elides some of the systemic forces and racial dynamics that surrounded her landing a life sentence in the first place. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "The History Behind the Netflix Documentary Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story," 29 Apr. 2020

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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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“Elide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elide. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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