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elapse

[ih-laps] /ɪˈlæps/
verb (used without object), elapsed, elapsing.
1.
(of time) to slip or pass by:
Thirty minutes elapsed before the performance began.
noun
2.
the passage or termination of a period of time; lapse.
Origin
1635-1645
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
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British Dictionary definitions for elapses

elapse

/ɪˈlæps/
verb
1.
(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 elapses
elapse
1640s, from M.Fr. elapser, from L. elapsus, pp. of elabi "slip or glide away," from ex- "out, away" + labi "to slip, glide." The noun now corresponding to elapse is lapse. Related: Elapsed; elapsing.
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