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Definition of lapse verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they lapse
    he / she / it lapses
    past simple lapsed
    -ing form lapsing
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  1. 1[intransitive] (of a contract, an agreement, etc.) to be no longer valid because the period of time that it lasts has come to an end She allowed her membership to lapse. The treaty lapsed in 1995.
  2. 2[intransitive] to gradually become weaker or come to an end synonym expire His concentration lapsed after a few minutes. This custom had lapsed over the years.
  3. 3[intransitive] lapse (from something) to stop believing in or practicing your religion He lapsed from Judaism when he was a student.
    adjective [only before noun] a lapsed subscription lapsed faith a lapsed Catholic
  5. Phrasal Verbslapse into something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: lapse