verb (used with object), e·lid·ed, e·lid·ing.

  1. to omit (a vowel, consonant, or syllable) in pronunciation.
  2. to suppress; omit; ignore; pass over.
  3. Law. to annul or quash.


  1. phonetics to undergo or cause to undergo elision

1590s, a legal term, “to annul, do away with,” from Middle French elider (16c.), from Latin elidere “strike out,” from ex- “out” (see ex-) + -lidere, comb. form of laedere “to strike.” Phonological sense is first recorded 1796. Related: Elided; eliding.

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