lapse Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"lapse" in British English

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lapsenoun

uk   us   /læps/

lapse noun (FAILURE)

[C] a ​temporaryfailure: a lapse ofconcentration The management's ​decision to ​ignore the ​safetywarningsdemonstrated a ​remarkable lapse ofjudgment. a memory lapse

lapse noun (PERIOD)

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

lapseverb [I]

uk   us   /læps/
to end ​legally or ​officially by not being ​continued or made ​effective for a ​longerperiod: The ​associationneeds to ​win back ​formermembers who have ​allowedtheirsubscriptions to lapse.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of lapse from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"lapse" in American English

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lapsenoun

 us   /læps/

lapse noun (FAILURE)

[C] a ​failure to do something that ​happens as a ​particularevent at a ​particulartime: a ​memory lapse She had a ​momentary lapse in ​concentration and ​lost the ​game.

lapse noun (PERIOD)

[U] a ​period of ​time after an ​event or between two ​events: Owing to the lapse of ​time since the ​crimes, none of the ​originalwitnesses could be ​found.

lapseverb [I]

 us   /læps/

lapse verb [I] (END)

to end something, either ​intentionally or ​accidentally, that might be ​continued or that should ​continue: I must have ​let my ​subscription lapse, because I haven’t ​received any ​issues of the ​magazine in ​months.
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(Definition of lapse from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"lapse" in Business English

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lapseverb [I]

uk   us   /læps/
if something such as an ​agreement lapses, it ​endslegally or ​officially because nothing has been done to make it continue, for ​example because ​payments are not made: The ​agreementran for three ​years, after which they decided to allow it to lapse. Many uninsured ​drivers aren't ​even aware that their ​insurance has lapsed.
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lapsenoun

uk   us   /læps/
[C] a mistake that is made because of a ​temporarylack of ​attention to something: lapse in sth There had been a lapse in ​security at the ​company, and the ​personal details of hundreds of ​customers had been made ​public. a security lapse
[C, usually singular] a ​period of ​time that ​passes between two things ​happening: The ​company will ​resumepaying a ​quarterlydividend on common ​shares, ​following a two-year lapse. a time lapse
(Definition of lapse from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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