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Definition of elapse verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

elapse

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ɪˈlæps//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈlæps//
 
[intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they elapse
BrE BrE//ɪˈlæps//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈlæps//
 
he / she / it elapses
BrE BrE//ɪˈlæpsɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈlæpsɪz//
 
past simple elapsed
BrE BrE//ɪˈlæpst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈlæpst//
 
past participle elapsed
BrE BrE//ɪˈlæpst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈlæpst//
 
-ing form elapsing
BrE BrE//ɪˈlæpsɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈlæpsɪŋ//
 
 
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(not usually used in the progressive tenses) (formal) if a period of time elapses, it passes synonym go by Many years elapsed before they met again. Word Origin late 16th cent. (in the sense ‘slip away’): from Latin elaps- ‘slipped away’, from the verb elabi, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out, away’ + labi ‘to glide, slip’.
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