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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ELAPSE

The length of time which must elapse before the trial could come on was dreadful.

It was Thursday morning, and three days must elapse before his release.

Weeks might elapse, or months even, when no soul passed that way.

Years may elapse before work can be resumed—years of dependence and anxiety.

Seas will not now divide us, nor years elapse before we see each other.

I allowed at least half a minute to elapse before I even lifted up my eyes.

It will make a far greater difference if twenty years elapse.

Do you always allow three months to elapse between your visits?

But four days at least must elapse before they could hope to leave it.

Not when a full eight hours must elapse between the call and a reply.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR ELAPSE

expire

verbcome to an end
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