elope

verb
\ i-ˈlōp How to pronounce elope (audio) \
eloped; eloping

Definition of elope

intransitive verb

1a : to run away secretly with the intention of getting married usually without parental consent … Waterman was a peevish child who grew into a defiant teenager, eloped at 18 largely to shock his father, and then—far too young—was a father himself.— Elizabeth Gilbert
b : to run away from one's spouse with a lover " … when they had been married nearly seven years, and were within a few weeks of the time when the brother's death would have adjusted all, she eloped with a younger man, and left him."— Charles Dickens
2a : to slip away : escape … might have mistaken him for … some scarecrow eloped from a cornfield.— Washington Irving
b : to leave a health-care or educational facility without permission or authorization …10 suicidal patients deemed 'high risk for suicide' eloped from the Emergency Department from October 2014 and February 2015.— Charles S. Clark Police in Ohio said this week that they gave a nursing home resident a ride and dropped him off at a gas station without ever knowing he was a dementia patient who had eloped.— Kimberly Marselas

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Other Words from elope

elopement \ i-​ˈlōp-​mənt How to pronounce elopement (audio) \ noun, plural elopements
… the young couple at a nearby table sent over some of their dessert, a slice of cake specially ordered to celebrate their elopement. — David Massey …if the child is afraid of loud noises or crowded environments, a classroom could be intimidating and cause him to be anxious. He might engage in problematic behaviors such as elopement (running away), hand flapping, or yelling … — Erica Kearney
eloper noun, plural elopers
And of course, Las Vegas is no longer just for elopers. With all the elegant hotels springing up in Sin City, more couples are choosing to haul the whole wedding party out and do things up right. — John Winters

Examples of elope in a Sentence

The couple eloped in the middle of the night.
Recent Examples on the Web Some might just give up and elope—which might mean having a tiny low-key ceremony, getting married at a courthouse or by a virtual courthouse officiant, or holding a self-uniting wedding. Ashley Fetters, The Atlantic, "The Coronavirus Could Change Weddings for Years to Come," 18 May 2020 The actors ended up eloping and tying the knot soon after in Las Vegas on May 1, 1996. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos Post Super PDA-Filled Instagrams for Their Anniversary," 2 May 2020 The Drawhorns eloped in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado and had a backyard reception later at a total cost of $2,000. Lois Smith Brady, New York Times, "An Unexpected Path Leads to a Fresh Start," 31 Jan. 2020 Because her parents disapproved of the match, thanks largely to John’s modest pedigree, the couple eloped in October 1841. Andrew R. Graybill, WSJ, "‘Imperfect Union’ Review: Mr. & Mrs. Pathfinder," 17 Jan. 2020 Couples are eloping who never would have considered eloping, Coleman said. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "On the bright side: Win a free wedding dress for your virtual nuptials," 17 Apr. 2020 Our youngest daughter eloped in November and wants to have a reception this summer. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Abuse survivor is afraid to tell parents," 19 Feb. 2020 The two eloped in 1932 to a neighboring town, causing a permanent rift between the families. Caroline Fraser, The New York Review of Books, "Warren in the Trap," 13 Feb. 2020 Shelton was actually supposed to officiate Clarkson's wedding to Brandon Blackstock in 2013, but never got the chance, as the couple decided to elope. Nathalie Kirby, House Beautiful, "Why Blake Shelton Wouldn’t Want Kelly Clarkson to Officiate His Wedding to Gwen Stefani," 17 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of elope

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for elope

Anglo-French aloper, esloper to abduct, run away

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The first known use of elope was in 1593

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25 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Elope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elope. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for elope

elope

verb
How to pronounce elope (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of elope

: to run away secretly to get married

elope

verb
\ i-ˈlōp How to pronounce elope (audio) \
eloped; eloping

Kids Definition of elope

: to run away to be married

Other Words from elope

elopement \ -​mənt \ noun

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