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lapse

noun (n)

  • a mistake resulting from inattention (noun.act)
    Synonym: oversight
    source: wordnet30
  • a break or intermission in the occurrence of something (noun.time)
    Example:
    A lapse of three weeks between letters.
    source: wordnet30
  • a failure to maintain a higher state (noun.act)
    source: wordnet30
  • A gliding, slipping, or gradual falling; an unobserved or imperceptible progress or passing away,; -- restricted usually to immaterial things, or to figurative uses. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • pass into a specified state or condition (verb.motion)
    Synonym: pass, sink
    source: wordnet30
  • end, at least for a long time (verb.change)
    Example:
    The correspondence lapsed.
    source: wordnet30
  • drop to a lower level, as in one's morals or standards (verb.change)
    Synonym: backslide
    source: wordnet30
  • go back to bad behavior (verb.body)
    source: wordnet30
  • let slip (verb.possession)
    Example:
    He lapsed his membership.
    source: wordnet30
  • pass by (verb.motion)
    Example:
    Three years elapsed.
    source: wordnet30
  • To pass slowly and smoothly downward, backward, or away; to slip downward, backward, or away; to glide; -- mostly restricted to figurative uses. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To let slip; to permit to devolve on another; to allow to pass. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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