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English definition of “lapse”

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 lapseFaults and mistakes

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.Pauses and interludes

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.Coming to an endCausing something to end
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of lapse from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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