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elapse Syllabification: e·lapse
Pronunciation: /əˈlaps/

Definition of elapse in English:


[no object]
(Of time) pass or go by: weeks elapsed before anyone was charged with the attack (as adjective elapsed) a display tells you which track is playing and its elapsed time
More example sentences
  • A few more moments passed in a seamless elapse of time until the deep metal sound of the ending bell was heard.
  • It is also true that eight and a half years have now elapsed since the proceedings were commenced.
  • As more time elapsed, my chances of survival would grow progressively slim.
pass, go by/past, wear on, slip by/away/past, roll by/past, slide by/past, steal by/past, tick by/past


Late 16th century (in the sense 'slip away'): from Latin elaps- 'slipped away', from the verb elabi, from e- (variant of ex-) 'out, away' + labi 'to glide, slip'.

  • lapse from Late Middle English:

    Lapse is from Latin lapsus, from labi ‘to glide, slip, or fall’ reinforced by Latin lapsare ‘to slip or stumble’. Elapse (late 16th century) comes from the same root.

Words that rhyme with elapse

apse, collapse, craps, lapse, perhaps, schnapps

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