[ ih-laps ]
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verb (used without object),e·lapsed, e·laps·ing.
  1. (of time) to slip or pass by: Thirty minutes elapsed before the performance began.

  1. 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

Other words from elapse

  • un·e·lapsed, adjective

Words Nearby elapse

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How to use elapse in a sentence

  • It was a creed in which Sabatier had absolute faith, and the passing week was merely an interval which must elapse before success.

    The Light That Lures | Percy Brebner

British Dictionary definitions for elapse


/ (ɪˈlæps) /

  1. (intr) (of time) to pass by

Origin of elapse

C17: from Latin ēlābī to slip away, from lābī to slip, glide

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