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Definition of time:  to pass by
  • three years elapsed
elapsed = of time:  to pass by
  • Three months have elapsed since the fire.
  • I know that no more than ten or twelve seconds elapsed, but it seemed much longer, and finally she nodded slightly.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • I did not know how much time elapsed as I stood there, numb, astonished; but, suddenly, the vast ranks of the Communist party began to move.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • After over an hour of the visiting time had elapsed, I was beside myself.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • The Hegemony did not wait eleven local years to return-the FORCE torchships were in orbit before five years had elapsed.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Almost a decade had elapsed since he first introduced the legislation and he was finally able to bring it to a vote.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • I could tell that, even in the brief moment that elapsed before I lost my senses.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • In the moments that elapsed, I felt the weight of Tim's prognosis hanging over both of us.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • Hear it, somehow, until whole seconds elapse between beats.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • Just over eight minutes had elapsed.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Whenever I fell asleep, I awoke with the notion I had had in the sluice-house, that a long time had elapsed and the opportunity to save him was gone.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • How much time had elapsed since he had seen Sirius lying on the Department of Mysteries floor?
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • A very considerable period has elapsed since the negative of the crown has been exercised.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • But twenty-four hours have elapsed since then, and in that time I have witnessed incredible things in this house.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  A Doll's House
  • Days would elapse before he could come back.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • He thought all this and more in the moment that elapsed between the stranger's remark and Injun Joe's next—which was— "Because the bush is in your way.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • In actual time, not over an hour elapsed before I had the spare tire on.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • Several days had elapsed.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • Mari releases a little sigh and allows a few seconds to elapse.
    Haruki Murakami  --  After Dark

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