\ 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 husband 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
2 : to slip away : escape … might have mistaken him for … some scarecrow eloped from a cornfield.— Washington Irving

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Other Words from elope

elopement \ i-​ˈlōp-​mənt How to pronounce elopement (audio) \ noun
eloper noun

Examples of elope in a Sentence

The couple eloped in the middle of the night.
Recent Examples on the Web Roger's hope was left up to a granddaughter, who eloped instead. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Ghost stories and legends abound at these haunted restaurants," 28 Oct. 2019 Everything is prepared for people who want to elope. New York Times, "Brought Together by Fate, and Three Finicky Cats," 6 Sep. 2019 My friend eloped for a variety of reasons, not the least of which was her husband’s parents were in poor health. BostonGlobe.com, "Letters to the editor of the Boston Globe Magazine," 7 Sep. 2019 Not surprisingly, Ed and Virginia eventually eloped. Phil Rosenthal, chicagotribune.com, "A look at ESPN’s documentary on the NFL’s 4 female owners: ‘I don’t want (players) to look on me as some little old lady who is just kind of hanging around’," 25 Aug. 2019 Kravitz and Bonet, 51, met in 1985 before eloping in 1987 and welcoming daughter Zoë Kravitz a year later. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Lenny Kravitz Opens Up About 'Beautiful' Relationship with Ex Lisa Bonet and Jason Momoa," 20 July 2019 The couple, though, ended up eloping on Dec. 28, 2017 in the middle of the process because of financial concerns. Alyson Krueger, New York Times, "Our Marriage Looks Straight. We’re Not.," 9 July 2019 The two eloped at a young age, eventually having four children (Warren was the youngest). Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Who Was Donald Jones Herring, Elizabeth Warren's Dad?," 16 July 2019 The day after her Reno divorce in 1944, Vanderbilt eloped to Mexico with Stokowski, who was 62 to her 20. Elaine Woo, latimes.com, "Gloria Vanderbilt, heiress, socialite and fashion entrepreneur, dies at 95," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of elope

1628, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for elope

Anglo-French aloper, esloper to abduct, run away

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24 Nov 2019

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“Elope.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eloping. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of elope

: to run away secretly to get married


\ 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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