(of time) to slip or pass by: Thirty minutes elapsed before the performance began.
the passage or termination of a period of time; lapse.
- un·e·lapsed, adjective
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How to use elapse in a sentence
He could have allowed a decent interval to elapse after the disastrous air strike, and then ordered the supply route reopened.U.S.-Pakistan Ties: Drones, Killings, Angry Words—But Now, a Thaw | Ron Moreau, Sami Yousafzai | April 13, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Let an interval elapse between the filling of succeeding pipes.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
The publishers thought also that some time might elapse before a second edition would be called for.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car | Thomas D. Murphy
Hours must elapse before that tiny figure, provided it were approaching, could reach the solitary palm.Dope | Sax Rohmer
When this occurred, the time that was to elapse between Laura's marriage and her return to the ranks was shortened to one week.Hilda | Sarah Jeanette Duncan
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
(intr) (of time) to pass by
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