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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a slight failure to meet some accepted standard.
Not saying "thank you" was a lapse of good manners.
similar words:
decline, disregard, down, error, fault, slip
definition 2: an amount of time that has passed or is passing.
After a lapse of ten years the artist started painting again.
similar words:
intermission, interval, period, recess
definition 3: a decline or fall that happens a little at a time or slowly.
A lapse into poor health will follow if you do not exercise.
similar words:
decline, descent, drop, ebb
part of speech: verb
inflections: lapses, lapsing, lapsed
definition 1: to fall below or fail to meet an accepted standard.
The old house lapsed into bad condition.
similar words:
miss, slip
definition 2: to come to an end after a certain period of time.
The insurance policy lapsed at the end of last year.
elapse, expire
similar words:
cease, end, terminate
derivation: lapsable (lapsible) (adj.)
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