Elapse is defined as to pass by.(verb)
An example of elapse is for 45 minutes to go by while sitting in a waiting room.
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intransitive verb e·lapsed, e·laps·ing, e·laps·es
Origin: Latin ēlābī, ēlāps-
Origin: : ē-, ex-, ex-
Origin: + lābī, to slip.
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