to run off secretly to be married, usually without the consent or knowledge of one's parents or family.
to run away with a lover.
(of a patient or person in care) to leave or run away from a hospital, care facility, or safe area independently without notifying anyone.
to leave without permission or notification; escape: At age 21, the apprentice eloped from his master.
- e·lope·ment, noun
- e·lop·er, noun
- un·e·loped, adjective
- un·e·lop·ing, adjective
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How to use elope in a sentence
We know about Shawn Andrews and Milla Jovovich running off and eloping, but was a lot of the cast hooking up during filming?‘Dazed and Confused’ Director Richard Linklater on Its 20th Anniversary | Marlow Stern | September 24, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
She has about as much intention of eloping with him as a little girl might have of eloping with a pasteboard Jim Crow.Confidence | Henry James
Friendly warnings are unheeded; and if force be used to prevent the meetings, the couple may think of eloping.The value of a praying mother | Isabel C. Byrum
Entering the army, young Mirabeau soon displayed an erratic disposition by eloping with the young wife of an aged nobleman.The World's Greatest Books, Vol X | Various
“To keep us from feeling that we are eloping,” said Collingwood blithely.The Locusts' Years | Mary Helen Fee
I said I was eloping with the man I loved best on earthwhich was true, you know.Polly and Her Friends Abroad | Lillian Elizabeth Roy
British Dictionary definitions for elope
(intr) to run away secretly with a lover, esp in order to marry
- elopement, noun
- eloper, noun
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