\ 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

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This elides a few important differences between the two schools of thought, including how each handles the interest rate. Zach Helfand, The New Yorker, "The Economist Who Believes the Government Should Just Print More Money," 20 Aug. 2019 The reasons for why Crosby is so polarizing are politely danced around and his worst behavior is elided. Mark Kennedy, Detroit Free Press, "David Crosby doc is too reverential to shed any new light on famously difficult rocker," 19 July 2019 These stark scenes, with lots of passages of white-on-white set against blue skies, slow how smoothly realism elides into abstraction. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "The Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition Takes a Traditional Turn," 13 July 2019 The behavior that might have driven her to such an act is carefully elided, if not hard to imagine. Tom Shone, New York Times, "A Novel of the Horndog in Winter," 26 Jan. 2018 Besides these inanities, the film also elides or ignores key questions about Pavarotti’s career. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "Even opera lovers should grit their teeth and watch this mediocre Pavarotti film," 6 June 2019 There’s an implicit moment of personal connection that reaches beyond the professional confines of the drama—but the movie elides it. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Late Night,” Reviewed: Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling’s Incisive Comedy about the Gender Politics of TV," 6 June 2019 But fixating on the social benefits of storytelling elides an even more fundamental purpose: a story is really a way of thinking—perhaps the most powerful and versatile skill in the human cognitive repertoire. Ferris Jabr, Harper's magazine, "The Story of Storytelling," 10 Mar. 2019 Of course, that statement conveniently elides the fact that Goldman Sachs could be using your data for its own purposes. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Apple Is a Credit Card Company Now," 25 Mar. 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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