Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “relapse”

See all translations

relapse

verb [I] uk   /rɪˈlæps/ formal us  
to become ill or start behaving badly again, after making an improvement: She managed to stop using drugs for a month, but then relapsed. He looked happy for a brief while, before relapsing into silent misery.

relapse

noun [C] uk   /ˈriː.læps/ formal us  
If someone who is getting better after an illness has a relapse, they become ill again: She was looking quite healthy on Friday, but she had/suffered a relapse over the weekend and was taken back into hospital.
(Definition of relapse from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of relapse?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “relapse” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

piglet

a baby pig

Word of the Day

I won’t tolerate it! Replacing formal words with phrasal verbs.

by Liz Walter,
April 01, 2015
When you are using a language, it is important to understand if a word is formal or informal, so that you can use it in an appropriate way. You might hear people saying dosh for money, or spud for potato, but they wouldn’t write those words in a formal essay. Similarly, a

Read More 

stackin’ p

March 30, 2015
idiom slang earning a lot of money ‘That’s a very generous present.”Yeah, well, she’s stackin’ p, innit?’

Read More