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elide

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Pronunciation: /ɪˈlʌɪd
 
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Definition of elide in English:

verb

[with object]
1Omit (a sound or syllable) when speaking: (as adjective elided) elided consonants
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  • In words bearing stress on the third last syllable, and in which the penultimate syllable contains a schwa followed by either l or r, there is a tendency for the schwa to be elided.
  • Unstressed o may be more or less reduced to the value of SCHWA, or elided altogether.
  • As a result, the coach has Bill as its antecedent (of some sort), hence making it possible for the second elided pronoun, which bears a -occurrence, to be resolved.
2Join together; merge: whole periods of time are elided into a few seconds of screen time
More example sentences
  • Women in film, thus, do not function as signifiers for a signified (a real woman) as sociological critics have assumed, but signifier and signified have been elided into a sign that represents something in the male unconscious.
  • The close proximity of two ‘L' s’ in al-Ilah caused them to be elided together so that the word became Allah.
  • In so doing, the visible engagement with genocide becomes elided into the refusal of representation that surrounds the Holocaust.

Origin

mid 16th century (in the sense 'annul', chiefly as a Scots legal term): from Latin elidere 'crush out', from e- (variant of ex-) 'out' + laedere 'to dash'.

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