verb \i-ˈlaps\

of time : to pass by


Full Definition of ELAPSE

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

Examples of ELAPSE

  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



Definition of ELAPSE

:  passage <returned after an elapse of 15 years>

First Known Use of ELAPSE

circa 1677
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verb \i-ˈlaps\

Definition of ELAPSE for Kids

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


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