Elapse meaning

ĭ-lăps'
Elapse is defined as to pass by.

An example of elapse is for 45 minutes to go by while sitting in a waiting room.

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To slip by; pass.

Weeks elapsed before we could start renovating.

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Passage; lapse.

An elapse of many years.

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To slip by; pass.
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(intransitive, of time) To pass or move by.

He allowed a month to elapse before beginning the work.

Several days elapsed before they met again.

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Origin of elapse

  • Latin ēlābī ēlāps- ē-, ex- ex- lābī to slip
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle French elapser, from Latin elapsus.
    From Wiktionary