Elope E*lope", v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Eloped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Eloping}.] [D. ontloopen to run away; pref. ont- (akin to G. ent-, AS. and-, cf. E. answer) + loopen to run; akin to E. leap. See {Leap}, v. t.] To run away, or escape privately, from the place or station to which one is bound by duty; -- said especially of a woman or a man, either married or unmarried, who runs away with a paramour or a sweetheart. [1913 Webster]

Great numbers of them [the women] have eloped from their allegiance. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

(as a woman with a paramour), ,

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  • elope — elope; elope·ment; …   English syllables

  • elope — 1590s, to run off, probably a reborrowing from M.Du. (ont)lopen run away. Sense of run from parents to marry secretly is 19c. Anglo Fr. aloper run away from a husband with one s lover is attested from mid 14c., but there is a gap of many years.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • elope — [v] run away to be married abscond, bolt, decamp, disappear, escape, flee, fly, go secretly, go to Gretna Green*, leave, run off, skip*, slip away, slip out, steal away; concept 297 …   New thesaurus

  • elope — ► VERB ▪ run away secretly in order to get married. DERIVATIVES elopement noun. ORIGIN Old French aloper …   English terms dictionary

  • elope — [ē lōp′, ilōp′] vi. eloped, eloping [Anglo Fr aloper, prob. < ME * aleapen, to leap up, run away < OE ahleapan (infl. ? by ON hlaupa, to run > LOPE) < a , away + hleapan, to run, LEAP] 1. to run away secretly, esp. in order to get… …   English World dictionary

  • elope — UK [ɪˈləʊp] / US [ɪˈloʊp] verb [intransitive] Word forms elope : present tense I/you/we/they elope he/she/it elopes present participle eloping past tense eloped past participle eloped if two people elope, they go away secretly to get married… …   English dictionary

  • elope — v. (D; intr.) to elope with (she eloped with her childhood sweetheart) * * * [ɪ ləʊp] (D; intr.) to elope with (she eloped with her childhood sweetheart) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • elope — e|lope [ ı loup ] verb intransitive if two people elope, they go away secretly to get married ╾ e|lope|ment noun count or uncount …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • elope — [17] Etymologically, elope signifies ‘leap away’. It was originally an Anglo Norman legal term applied to a married woman running off with a lover, and only in the past couple of hundred years has it come to be applied to a couple leaving home to …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • elope — [[t]ɪlo͟ʊp[/t]] elopes, eloping, eloped V RECIP When two people elope they go away secretly together to get married. [pl n V] My girlfriend Lynn and I eloped... [V with n] In 1912 he eloped with Frieda von Richthofen …   English dictionary

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