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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: elapsus, past participle of elabi 'to slip away'

elapse

verb
     
eā€§lapse [intransitive not in progressive]
formal if a particular period of time elapses, it passes:
Several months elapsed before his case was brought to trial.
The assignment must be completed within an overall elapsed time of one week.

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