elope

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verb \i-ˈlōp\

Definition of elope

eloped

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eloping

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 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 Gilbertb :  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

  3. 2 :  to slip away :  escape … might have mistaken him for … some scarecrow eloped from a cornfield. — Washington Irving

elopement

play \i-ˈlōp-mənt\ noun

eloper

noun

Examples of elope in a sentence

  1. The couple eloped in the middle of the night.

Origin and Etymology of elope

Anglo-French aloper, esloper to abduct, run away


First Known Use: 1628


ELOPE Defined for English Language Learners

elope

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verb \i-ˈlōp\

Definition of elope for English Language Learners

  • : to run away secretly to get married


ELOPE Defined for Kids

elope

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verb \i-ˈlōp\

Definition of elope for Students

eloped

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eloping

  1. :  to run away to be married

elopement

\-mənt\ noun


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