Meaning of “elapse” in the English Dictionary

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"elapse" in British English

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elapseverb [ I ]

uk /iˈlæps/ us /iˈlæps/ formal

C2 If time elapses, it goes past:

Four years had elapsed since he left college and still he hadn't found a job.

(Definition of “elapse” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"elapse" in American English

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elapseverb [ I ]

us /ɪˈlæps/

(of time) to go past:

Four years had elapsed since she last saw him.

(Definition of “elapse” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)