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lapsenoun

us   /læps/
  • lapse noun (FAILURE)

[C] a failure to do something that happens as a particular event at a particular time: 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 original witnesses 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)

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lapseverb [I]

uk   /læps/ us  
if something such as an agreement lapses, it ends legally or officially because nothing has been done to make it continue, for example because payments are not made: The agreement ran 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   /læps/ us  
[C] a mistake that is made because of a temporary lack 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 resume paying a quarterly dividend 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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