\ 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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Besides these inanities, the film also elides or ignores key questions about Pavarotti’s career. Philip Kennicott, Twin Cities, "Even opera lovers should grit their teeth and watch this mediocre Pavarotti film," 14 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 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

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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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