[ ih-lohp ]
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verb (used without object),e·loped, e·lop·ing.
  1. to run off secretly to be married, usually without the consent or knowledge of one's parents or family.

  2. to run away with a lover.

  1. (of a patient or person in care) to leave or run away from a hospital, care facility, or safe area independently without notifying anyone.

  2. to leave without permission or notification; escape: At age 21, the apprentice eloped from his master.

Origin of elope

First recorded in 1590–1600; Middle English alopen (unrecorded) “to run away” (whence Anglo-French aloper ); see a-3, lope

Other words from elope

  • e·lope·ment, noun
  • e·lop·er, noun
  • un·e·loped, adjective
  • un·e·lop·ing, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for elope


/ (ɪˈləʊp) /

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

Origin of elope

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

Derived forms of elope

  • elopement, noun
  • eloper, noun

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