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From Middle French elapser, from Latin elapsus.

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elapse (third-person singular simple present elapses, present participle elapsing, simple past and past participle elapsed)

  1. (intransitive, of time) To pass or move by.
    He allowed a month to elapse before beginning the work.
    Several days elapsed before they met again.
    • 1837, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], “The Remembrance of the Dead”, in Ethel Churchill: Or, The Two Brides. [], volume II, London: Henry Colburn, [], →OCLC, page 322:
      The week that was yet to elapse, she spent in wandering through her uncle's favourite walks in hours of tearful vigil, beside his tomb, and in collecting together every trifle on which he had set a value.

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  1. vocative masculine singular of ēlāpsus