Definition of elapse in English:


Syllabification: e·lapse
Pronunciation: /iˈlaps


[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
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    • 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'.

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