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English definition of “lapse”

lapse

noun [C]     /læps/
FAILURE a period of time when something does not happen as it should: a memory lapse It is thought that the accident was caused by a lapse of concentration.Faults and mistakesSpecific periods of time
TIME 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
(Definition of lapse noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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