- Elapse is defined as to pass by.
An example of elapse is for 45 minutes to go by while sitting in a waiting room.
This parking meter shows elapsed time.
elapse definition by Webster's New World
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elapse definition by American Heritage Dictionary
intransitive verb e·lapsed, e·laps·ing, e·laps·es
To slip by; pass: Weeks elapsed before we could start renovating.noun
Passage; lapse: met again after an elapse of many years.
Origin: Latin ēlābī, ēlāps- : ē-, ex-, ex- + lābī, to slip.