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Definition of elapse verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they elapse
    he / she / it elapses
    past simple elapsed
    -ing form elapsing
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  1. 1(not usually used in the progressive tenses)
  2. 2(formal) if a period of time elapses, it passes synonym go by
  3. 3 Many years elapsed before they met again.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: elapse