(Of time) pass or go by: weeks elapsed before anyone was charged with the attack
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.
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'.