[ 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.

Origin of elope

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


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British Dictionary definitions for elope

/ (ɪˈləʊp) /


(intr) to run away secretly with a lover, esp in order to marry

Derived forms of elope

elopement, nouneloper, noun

Word Origin for elope

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