elope

[ 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.

QUIZZES

CAN YOU FEEL THE WEAL WITH THIS WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ?

Did you collect all of last week’s words, but eftsoons forget what they mean? Don’t worry, we’re here to jog your memory. See how many words from the week of May 18 to 24 you can get right!
Question 1 of 7
weal

Origin of elope

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

OTHER WORDS FROM elope

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for elope

British Dictionary definitions for elope

elope
/ (ɪˈləʊp) /

verb

(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012