Definition of ELOPE

to run away secretly with the intention of getting married usually without parental consent; to run away from one’s spouse with a lover… See the full definition

elope


verb


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i-ˈlōp



eloped


;


eloping

Definition of

elope


intransitive verb


1


a



:

to run away secretly with the intention of getting married usually without parental consent

… Waterman was a peevish child who grew into a defiant teenager,

eloped

at 18 largely to shock his father, and then—far too young—was a father himself.


— Elizabeth Gilbert


b



:

to run away from one’s spouse with a lover

” … when they had been married nearly seven years, and were within a few weeks of the time when the brother’s death would have adjusted all, she

eloped

with a younger man, and left him.”


— Charles Dickens


2


a



:

to slip away

:



escape



… might have mistaken him for … some scarecrow

eloped

from a cornfield.


— Washington Irving


b



:

to leave a health-care or educational facility without permission or authorization

…10 suicidal patients deemed ‘high risk for suicide’

eloped

from the Emergency Department from October 2014 and February 2015.


— Charles S. Clark


Police in Ohio said this week that they gave a nursing home resident a ride and dropped him off at a gas station without ever knowing he was a dementia patient who had

eloped

.


— Kimberly Marselas

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Other Words from

elope


elopement


i-​ˈlōp-​mənt



noun,


plural


elopements


… the young couple at a nearby table sent over some of their dessert, a slice of cake specially ordered to celebrate their

elopement

.


— David Massey


…if the child is afraid of loud noises or crowded environments, a classroom could be intimidating and cause him to be anxious. He might engage in problematic behaviors such as

elopement

(running away), hand flapping, or yelling …


— Erica Kearney


eloper


noun,


plural


elopers


And of course, Las Vegas is no longer just for

elopers

. With all the elegant hotels springing up in Sin City, more couples are choosing to haul the whole wedding party out and do things up right.


— John Winters

Examples of

elope

in a Sentence


The couple

eloped

in the middle of the night.


Recent Examples on the Web


Two men court a woman, but the one Daddy doesn’t approve of tries to

elope

with her.




Ed Stockly,

Los Angeles Times

, “Movies on TV this week: ‘My Fair Lady’; ‘Marry Poppins’,” 19 Mar. 2021


Couples forced to

elope

or give up their dreams of weddings for 200 for smaller affairs still have their marriages to experience.




Leanne Italie,

Anchorage Daily News

, “Rethinking life’s milestones with the end of the pandemic in sight,” 9 Mar. 2021


Without the approval or support of their families, the lovebirds decide to

elope

.




Veronica Villafañe,

Forbes

, “Univision Premieres ‘La Hija Del Embajador,’ Its Second Turkish Series On Primetime,” 28 Feb. 2021


Emily Bugg and Billy Lewis got engaged in July 2019 and were set to marry in a 150 person wedding in October, but decided to

elope

at City Hall instead, according to NBC Chicago.





NBC News

, “Covid live updates: Latest news on vaccine approvals and bipartisan Covid relief bill,” 3 Dec. 2020


Emily Bugg and Billy Lewis got engaged in July 2019 and were set to marry in a 150 person wedding in October, but decided to

elope

at City Hall instead, according to NBC Chicago.




Alexander Smith,

NBC news

, “British government is first to approve Covid-19 vaccine, will roll out shots next week,” 3 Dec. 2020


By the end of Part One, that group includes guitarist Chris Perez (Jesse Posey) with whom Selena would go on to

elope

against her family’s wishes.





Washington Post

, “‘Selena: The Series’ might be on the small screen, but it paints a bigger picture of the iconic Tejano singer’s life,” 3 Dec. 2020


Since much of the cost of big-day celebrations is tied to headcount, couples who choose to

elope

cut back significantly on expenses.




Lindsay Tigar,

CNN Underscored

, “How to elope beautifully — and safely — right now,” 29 Oct. 2020


In his wedding message to Mike and Michele, a couple preparing to

elope

, Coach Payton stood in for the minister.




Doug Maccash | Staff Writer,

NOLA.com

, “Cam Jordan birthday video delights fan, and ‘genius company’ gets a share. (Note: I’m cheaper),” 1 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of

elope

1593, in the meaning defined at

sense 1b

History and Etymology for

elope

Anglo-French

aloper, esloper

to abduct, run away

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elope

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“Elope.”

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, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elope. Accessed 1 May. 2021.

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elope

elope



verb

English Language Learners Definition of

elope



:

to run away secretly to get married


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elope

in the English Language Learners Dictionary

elope


verb



i-ˈlōp



eloped


;


eloping

Kids Definition of

elope



:

to run away to be married

Other Words from

elope


elopement


-​mənt



noun

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