Latin ( elido “ I strike out ”)
elide ( third-person singular simple present , elides present participle , eliding simple past and past participle ) elided
To leave out or
: 1995, Andrew Bennett and Nicholas Royle, An introduction to literature, criticism and theory
Graham Hough's apparently objective assertion that 'Ozymandias' is 'extremely clear and direct', for example, elides the question of 'to whom?'. To
cut off, as a vowel or a syllable conflate; smear together; blur the distinction between
2014 July 10, “ Because we’re worth it”, : The Economist
As Ms Shafak summarises, “the state is privileged, all-powerful and yet paradoxically safeguarded as if it were a fragile entity in need of protection.” Between it and its citizens a gulf looms; conversely, officials elide its interests with their own.
Usage notes Edit
The third sense, “conflate”, seems to be a recent development. It is not recognized by dictionaries such as Merriam-Webster or the OED, and can be considered to be incorrect.
^ John Wells ( 2012-07-08), “elision (not!)” , retrieved  2016-01-11
^ Guy Keleny (2012-11-16), “When words acquire new meanings, it's best not to stand in the way”, The Independent 
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