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intr.v. e·lapsed, e·laps·ing, e·laps·es
To slip by; pass: Weeks elapsed before we could start renovating.
Passage; lapse: an elapse of many years.

[Latin ēlābī, ēlāps- : ē-, ex-, ex- + lābī, to slip.]
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Adj.1.elapsed - (of time) having passed or slipped by; "elapsed time"
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Already I was puzzled to compute the period of time which had elapsed since we broke through the crust of the inner world.
The appearance of the surface and the vegetation show that elsewhere years have elapsed since the waters washed their base.
MORE than three years have elapsed since the occurrence of the events recorded in this volume.