elapse

verb
\ i-ˈlaps How to pronounce elapse (audio) \
elapsed; elapsing

Definition of elapse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: pass, go by four years elapsed before he returned

elapse

noun

Definition of elapse (Entry 2 of 2)

: passage returned after an elapse of 15 years

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Examples of elapse in a Sentence

Verb in those coin-operated binoculars at scenic areas your viewing time seems to elapse almost before it has begun
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The new research gives the British government greater confidence that there were few risks, and potentially many benefits, to allowing more than three weeks to elapse between the administration of first and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine. Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, "Single shot of two-dose COVID-19 vaccine can prevent serious illness and death," 3 Mar. 2021 And in Cuyahoga County, the stay-at-home advisory for the coronavirus has been allowed to elapse. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "A nonprofit will plead guilty to funneling $61 million in FirstEnergy bribery money, so what’s that say for FirstEnergy? The Wake Up podcast," 8 Feb. 2021 Thirty hours must elapse between the vote to limit debate and final confirmation, and Democrats would not agree to recess. Nicholas Fandos, New York Times, "Over Democratic Fury, Republicans Push Barrett to Brink of Confirmation," 25 Oct. 2020 Sometimes 2 or 3 days would elapse before a challenge day. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Survivor Quarantine Questionnaire: Edna Ma wants more challenges on the show," 8 Oct. 2020 In the Blake video, less than three minutes elapse from the time police arrive on the scene to the moment Officer Rusten Sheskey shoots Blake. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Juxtaposition of two videos from Kenosha: A Black man gets shot seven times from behind; a white teen with a gun walks past police," 30 Aug. 2020 In the Blake video, less than three minutes elapse from the time police arrive on the scene to the moment Officer Rusten Sheskey shoots Blake. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Juxtaposition of two videos from Kenosha: A Black man gets shot seven times from behind; a white teen with a gun walks past police," 30 Aug. 2020 The late John Paul Stevens’s confirmation in 1975 took just 19 days, while former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor saw 33 days elapse from when she was nominated until a Senate vote in 1981. Laura Davison, Bloomberg.com, "SCOTUS Confirmation by Nov. 3 Would Be Difficult But Not Unprecedented," 21 Sep. 2020 Could anyone have imagined in 1945 that nearly half a century would elapse before a memorial to the men and women who fought and died during World War II would be dedicated by a grateful -- if rather tardy -- nation? Arkansas Online, "OPINION | DAVID VON DREHLE: Memorial to leadership," 19 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of elapse

Verb

1644, in the meaning defined above

Noun

circa 1677, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for elapse

Verb

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

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Last Updated

7 Mar 2021

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“Elapse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elapse. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for elapse

elapse

verb

English Language Learners Definition of elapse

of time : to pass by

elapse

verb
\ i-ˈlaps How to pronounce elapse (audio) \
elapsed; elapsing

Kids Definition of elapse

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

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