verb (used without object), e·lapsed, e·laps·ing.

  1. (of time) to slip or pass by: Thirty minutes elapsed before the performance began.


  1. the passage or termination of a period of time; lapse.


  1. (intr) (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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