[ ih-lohp ]
/ ɪˈloʊp /

verb (used without object), e·loped, e·lop·ing.

to run off secretly to be married, usually without the consent or knowledge of one's parents.
to run away with a lover.
to leave without permission or notification; escape: At age 21, the apprentice eloped from his master.
(of a person with a mental disorder or cognitive impairment) to leave or run away from a safe area or safe premises.

Nearby words

  1. eloign,
  2. eloise,
  3. elongate,
  4. elongated,
  5. elongation,
  6. elopement,
  7. eloquence,
  8. eloquent,
  9. elpenor,
  10. elroy

Origin of elope

1590–1600; Middle English *alopen to run away (whence Anglo-French aloper). See a-3, lope

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/ (ɪˈləʊp) /


(intr) to run away secretly with a lover, esp in order to marry
Derived Formselopement, nouneloper, noun

Word Origin for elope

C16: from Anglo-French aloper, perhaps from Middle Dutch lōpen to run; see lope

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