elapse

[ ih-laps ]
/ ɪˈlæps /

verb (used without object), e·lapsed, e·laps·ing.

(of time) to slip or pass by: Thirty minutes elapsed before the performance began.

noun

the passage or termination of a period of time; lapse.

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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
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British Dictionary definitions for elapse

elapse
/ (ɪˈlæps) /

verb

(intr) (of time) to pass by

Word Origin for elapse

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