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lapse

lapse - Dictionary definition and meaning for word lapse

Definition
(noun) a mistake resulting from inattention
Synonyms : oversight

Definition
(noun) a break or intermission in the occurrence of something
Example Sentence
  • a lapse of three weeks between letters

Definition
(noun) a failure to maintain a higher state
Definition
(verb) pass into a specified state or condition
Synonyms : pass , sink
Example Sentence
  • He sank into nirvana

Definition
(verb) end, at least for a long time
Example Sentence
  • The correspondence lapsed

Definition
(verb) drop to a lower level, as in one's morals or standards
Synonyms : backslide

Definition
(verb) go back to bad behavior
Example Sentence
  • Those who recidivate are often minor criminals

Definition
(verb) let slip
Example Sentence
  • He lapsed his membership

Definition
(verb) pass by
Example Sentence
  • three years elapsed

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