[ ih-lahyd ]
/ ɪˈlaɪd /

verb (used with object), e·lid·ed, e·lid·ing.

to omit (a vowel, consonant, or syllable) in pronunciation.
to suppress; omit; ignore; pass over.
Law. to annul or quash.

Nearby words

  1. elia,
  2. eliade,
  3. elias,
  4. eliche,
  5. elicit,
  6. elie,
  7. eliezer,
  8. eligibility,
  9. eligible,
  10. eligible paper

Origin of elide

1585–95; < Latin ēlīdere to strike out, equivalent to ē- e-1 + -līdere, combining form of laedere to wound

Related formsun·e·lid·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for elide


/ (ɪˈlaɪd) /


phonetics to undergo or cause to undergo elision
Derived Formselidible, adjective

Word Origin for elide

C16: from Latin ēlīdere to knock, from laedere to hit, wound

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Word Origin and History for elide



1590s, a legal term, "to annul, do away with," from Middle French elider (16c.), from Latin elidere "strike out," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + -lidere, comb. form of laedere "to strike." Phonological sense is first recorded 1796. Related: Elided; eliding.

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