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[ih-laps] /ɪˈlæps/
verb (used without object), elapsed, elapsing.
(of time) to slip or pass by:
Thirty minutes elapsed before the performance began.
the passage or termination of a period of time; lapse.
Origin of elapse
1635-45; < Latin ēlapsus (past participle of ēlābī to slip away), equivalent to e- e-1 + lab- slip + -sus for -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
unelapsed, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for elapse
  • In the case of products aged in wood, several years could elapse before they were shipped.
  • The amendment itself permits seven years to elapse before it dies, if unratified.
  • The test requires that five minutes elapse before any cooling or extinguishing agent can be applied to the brakes.
  • Often several years elapse before developers can obtain approval to begin construction.
  • Otherwise, this would seem to be dependent upon population size and time elapse no, this has nothing to do with selection.
  • Typically, several years elapse between conferences.
  • However, sponsors are no longer required to ensure that specific time periods elapse between the meal services.
  • Before certification can be considered, a six-month recovery period must elapse.
British Dictionary definitions for elapse


(intransitive) (of time) to pass by
Word Origin
C17: from Latin ēlābī to slip away, from lābī to slip, glide
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Word Origin and History for elapse

1640s, from Middle French elapser, from Latin elapsus, past participle of elabi "slip or glide away, escape," from ex- "out, away" (see ex-) + labi "to slip, glide" (see lapse (n.)). The noun now corresponding to elapse is lapse. Related: Elapsed; elapsing.

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