\ 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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Democrats largely elided the divisions that had riven them leading up to Mrs. Pelosi’s election. Kristina Peterson, WSJ, "Nancy Pelosi Elected Speaker as House Votes for End to Shutdown," 3 Jan. 2019 Still, while the movie largely elides overt politics and policies, both domestic and foreign, they are inextricably embedded in every single narrative turn, each word and image. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "Review: ‘12 Strong’ Believes in the Brotherhood of Battle," 18 Jan. 2018 This hasn’t been easy given Mr. Trump’s tendency to elide the two, and sometimes the interests of both will match. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Don McGahn’s Quiet Achievement," 29 Aug. 2018 Since these books are almost entirely made up of conversation — even though Faye often elides her own side of the dialogue — someone may propose the Tête-à-Tête trilogy. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "With ‘Kudos,’ Rachel Cusk Completes an Exceptional Trilogy," 21 May 2018 But such comparisons tend to elide important nuances about the connection between the genre and Trump’s approach to the presidency. Lucas Mann, The Atlantic, "What Exactly Makes Trump a 'Reality-TV President'?," 30 Apr. 2018 In response to early criticisms that the show elided the stories of trans characters, Soloway expanded the show’s narrative to include more trans women, as well as hiring more trans writers. Anna Silman, The Cut, "What Can We Learn From Transparent’s #MeToo Mess?," 8 May 2018 Making women both the harmers and the harmed, Sharp Objects elides the easy lesson of most crime shows, which is that men are predators and women are victims. Anna Silman, The Cut, "Sharp Objects," 11 July 2018 And at an event like the Correspondents’ Dinner — designed to elide the differences between government and press — what is an entertainer’s role? Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Why Michelle Wolf and Father Pat Conroy are so important.," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of elide

1796, 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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to corrupt or become corrupted

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