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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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  • Three months have elapsed since the first major eruption of the year.
  • Therefore, extinction is defined retrospectively, only after a period has elapsed without observing a living specimen.
  • The more distant a galaxy is, the more time has elapsed since the light we're seeing today left that galaxy.
  • Perhaps nerve density bias, much as a density of memories increases subjective time elapsed.
  • Roughly three decades elapsed between the rain stopping and war starting.
  • When it was on a shaved patch, more than ten seconds elapsed between detections.
  • He escaped criminal conviction only because too much time had elapsed since the offence.
  • If the cupcakes are browning unevenly, gently rotate the pans when a little more than half of the baking time has elapsed.
  • Four years have now elapsed since then, and my ideas have undergone no important modification.
  • Ten minutes have elapsed, and there are still six or seven to go.
British Dictionary definitions for elapsed


(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 elapsed



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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