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elapse

play
verb, \i-ˈlaps\

Simple Definition of elapse

  • of time : to pass by

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of elapse

elapsedelapsing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  pass, go by <four years elapsed before he returned>

Examples of elapse in a sentence

  1. <in those coin-operated binoculars at scenic areas your viewing time seems to elapse almost before it has begun>



Origin of elapse

Latin elapsus, past participle of elabi, from e- + labi to slip — more at sleep


First Known Use: 1644


2

elapse

noun

Definition of elapse

  1. :  passage <returned after an elapse of 15 years>



Circa 1677

First Known Use of elapse

circa 1677


ELAPSE Defined for Kids

elapse

play
verb \i-ˈlaps\

Definition of elapse for Students

elapsedelapsing

  1. :  to slip past :  go by <Nearly a year elapsed before his return.>





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