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lapse

noun uk   /læps/ us  

lapse noun (FAILURE)

[C] a temporary failure: a lapse of concentration The management's decision to ignore the safety warnings demonstrated a remarkable lapse of judgment. a memory lapse

lapse noun (PERIOD)

[C usually singular] a period of time passing between two things happening: a time lapse/a lapse of time He turned up again after a lapse of two years.

lapse

verb [I] uk   /læps/ us  
to end legally or officially by not being continued or made effective for a longer period: The association needs to win back former members who have allowed their subscriptions to lapse.
Phrasal verbs
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