• WordNet 3.6
    • v elope run away secretly with one's beloved "The young couple eloped and got married in Las Vegas"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Elope 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. "Great numbers of them [the women] have eloped from their allegiance."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • elope To run away; escape; break loose from legal or natural ties; specifically, to run away with a lover or paramour in defiance of duty or social restraints.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Elope e-lōp to escape privately, said esp. of a woman, either married or unmarried, who runs away with a lover: to run away, bolt
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  • Oliver Goldsmith
    “You, that are going to be married, think things can never be done too fast: but we that are old, and know what we are about, must elope methodically, madam.”
  • George Ade
    George Ade
    “If it were not for the presents, an elopement would be preferable.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Cf. Old Dut. ontlōpen, Ger. entlaufen, to run away.


In literature:

It's so unusual to elope with two ladies.
"A Voyage of Consolation" by Sara Jeannette Duncan
But to profess love for him all the while she was planning to elope with another man, was too much!
"The Fatal Glove" by Clara Augusta Jones Trask
An elopement to the Continent would not only be difficult but dangerous, if not altogether impossible.
"Willy Reilly The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
Lucy had not eloped; but then, the rumor of her elopement had gone abroad.
"The Black Baronet; or, The Chronicles Of Ballytrain The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
How long is it since this elopement took place?
"The Evil Eye; Or, The Black Spector The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
She who could so lightly elope from her father might as lightly elope from her husband also.
"The Lost Lady of Lone" by E.D.E.N. Southworth
"The Gold Hunter's Adventures" by William H. Thomes
Walther now comes to meet his love, and, full of resentment against the Masters, proposes an elopement.
"The Opera" by R.A. Streatfeild
I am half inclined to elope for a day or two.
"The History of Emily Montague" by Frances Brooke
The bare matter of fact was, the bride had eloped during the night.
"The Book of the Bush" by George Dunderdale

In poetry:

Tallulah and I were just married
We'd each led a solitary life
Her husband eloped with a woman
In mistake for another man¹s wife.
"The Infernal Triangle" by Billy Bennett
If preachers, forgetting the Master of old
And the banner of light He unfurled,
Elope with the fairest ewe-lambs of the fold,--
It is only the way of the world.
"The Way Of The World" by Freeman Edwin Miller
But the couple eloped to Caracas,
Where the Germans kicked up such a fracas;
And he said to his wife,
"You can bet your sweet life
That papa dear never will track us."
"The Tale Of Three Cities" by Edwin Carty Ranck
Me Turkish sweetheart she played me double —
Eloped with the Sultan Harum In-Deed,
And the Danish damsel she made me trouble
When she ups and married an oblong Swede.
"The Constant Cannibal Maid" by Wallace Irwin
Thus worldlings lean on broken props,
And idly weave their cobweb-hopes,
And hang o'er hell by spider's ropes,
Whilst sins enthral;
Affliction blows, their joy elopes,
And down they fall!
"The Spider And The Fly" by Patrick Branwell Bronte
Woe to the House of Breffni, and to the red O'Ruark woe!
And woe to us in Erinn for the shame which laid us low!
And cursed be you, Dearvorgil, who eloped into the south,
And made war loud in Erinn with the smiling of your mouth.
"False Dearvorgil" by Dora Sigerson Shorter

In news:

Meanwhile, Generosa and Mr Pelosi eloped and moved into Mr Pelosi's house in Center Moriches, N.Y.
Wedding advice from the anniversary boy: Elope .
Ricki Lake Elopes With Jewelry Designer Christian Evans.
Patients may have planned an elopement.
Alec Baldwin is working on a top-secret project in Cannes, according to sources — eloping with fiancée Hilaria Thomas.
Remember how Alec Baldwin was supposed to elope with yoga instructor fiancee Hilaria Thomas after the Cannes Film Festival.
She married Gilbert (Gib) Ritchie of Marietta on Dec 31, 1937 (eloped to Parkersburg) and moved to Detroit, Mich. Gib preceded her in death in April, 1995.
His parents eloped in an Aeronca C-3.
Stephen Elop introduces the new Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 Windows 8 smartphones.
Less than a month after British supermodel Agyness Deyn, 29, and actor Giovanni Ribisi, 37, shocked friends, family members and fans alike by eloping in L.A.
The video depicts Vegas and a shotgun style wedding or a couple that has eloped.
After just two days of dating, the couple eloped in 2003 -- but split seven months later.
Nokia to Cut 10,000 Jobs as Elop Tries to Stanch Losses.
" After months of discussions, many of which were filled with me asking, "Why don't we just elope.
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has some serious work ahead of him.

In science:

The universal env eloping algebra U l is clearly R (l).
Conformal blocks revisited
While the core aim of parameterized complexity is to identify problems that are fixed-parameter tractable, it has also dev eloped an extensive complexity theory, allowing to prove hardness results, e.g., that certain problems are (most probably) not FPT.
Parameterized Complexity of Problems in Coalitional Resource Games
This bet has significant impact on further technological dev elopments. A simple transposition of the conclusions reached for CMB anisotropies does not hold a priori, as the polarized and total emission of the atmosphere and the foregrounds do not necessarily peak at the same scales and frequencies.
Polarization experiments
We dev eloped a PSF specification for the compiler from which we deri ved a speci fication of the compiler as a T oolBus application. The ToolBus is a coordination architecture for software applications developed at the CWI (Amsterdam) and the University of Amsterdam.
Software (Re-)Engineering with PSF II: from architecture to implementation
For such processes we like to dev elop vertical implementation relations that, given an abstract process S and a concrete process I , tells us if I is an implementation for the speci fication S .
Software (Re-)Engineering with PSF II: from architecture to implementation