elide

verb
\ 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 Expanses of glass that elide the interior with the natural surroundings. Christopher Benfey, Harper's magazine, "Burning Down the House," 25 Nov. 2019 Taking the film from Woolf’s point of view helps elide its uneven moments and lack of character depth (but not its sometimes sludgy pace). Katie Walsh | Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "‘Vita & Virginia,’ a Portland Queer Film Festival pick, is a revealing, subversive look at a literary love affair," 19 Sep. 2019 Taking the film from Virginia’s point of view helps elide its uneven moments and lack of character depth (but not its sometimes sludgy pace). Katie Walsh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Vita and Virginia’ a swooning and subversive portrait of a literary love affair," 5 Sep. 2019 Yet the movie elides more or less all of the substance in this backstory, leaving the central relationship of the film, the marital one, utterly opaque. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” Reviewed: Richard Linklater’s Narrow View of a Creator in Crisis," 26 Aug. 2019 Taking the film from Virginia’s point of view helps elide its uneven moments and lack of character depth (but not its sometimes sludgy pace). Katie Walsh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Vita and Virginia’ a swooning and subversive portrait of a literary love affair," 5 Sep. 2019 Taking the film from Virginia’s point of view helps elide its uneven moments and lack of character depth (but not its sometimes sludgy pace). Katie Walsh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Vita and Virginia’ a swooning and subversive portrait of a literary love affair," 5 Sep. 2019 Taking the film from Virginia’s point of view helps elide its uneven moments and lack of character depth (but not its sometimes sludgy pace). Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Vita and Virginia,’ a swooning and subversive portrait of a literary love affair," 28 Aug. 2019 In June, during the first Democratic debate, those virtues elided as Ms Harris excoriated Joe Biden, the frontrunner, for his opposition in the 1970s to school bussing, a policy Ms Harris had benefited from as a child. The Economist, "Can Kamala Harris recover from her slump?," 12 Sep. 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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The first known use of elide was in 1540

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3 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Elide.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elides. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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