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Definition of Lapse

Noun: lapse  laps

  1. A mistake resulting from inattention
    - oversight
     
  2. A break or intermission in the occurrence of something
    "a lapse of three weeks between letters"
     
  3. A failure to maintain a higher state
    - backsliding, lapsing, relapse, relapsing, reversion, reverting
Verb: lapse  laps
  1. Pass into a specified state or condition
    "He lapsed into nirvana";
    - sink, pass
     
  2. End, at least for a long time
    "The correspondence lapsed"
     
  3. Drop to a lower level, as in one's morals or standards
    "Conservatives worry about McCain's lapse on immigration";
    - backslide
     
  4. Go back to bad behaviour
    - relapse, recidivate, regress, retrogress, fall back
     
  5. Let slip
    "He lapsed his membership"
     
  6. Become later by the passage of a given amount of time
    "three years lapsed";
    - elapse, pass, slip by, glide by, slip away, go by, slide by, go along

See also:
lapsable
lapsed

Anagrams containing the word lapse

lepsa elaps selap psela apsel