[ih-laps] /ɪˈlæps/

verb (used without object), elapsed, elapsing.
(of time) to slip or pass by:
Thirty minutes elapsed before the performance began.
the passage or termination of a period of time; lapse.
(intransitive) (of time) to pass by

1640s, from Middle French elapser, from Latin elapsus, past participle of elabi “slip or glide away, escape,” from ex- “out, away” (see ex-) + labi “to slip, glide” (see lapse (n.)). The noun now corresponding to elapse is lapse. Related: Elapsed; elapsing.


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