Definition of lapse noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//læps//
    ; NAmE NAmE//læps//
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  1. 1a small mistake, especially one that is caused by forgetting something or by being careless a lapse of concentration/memory A momentary lapse in the final set cost her the match.
  2. 2a period of time between two things that happen synonym interval After a lapse of six months we met up again. He wrote to us after a considerable lapse of time.
  3. 3an example or period of bad behaviour from somebody who normally behaves well
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin lapsus, from labi ‘to glide, slip, or fall’; the verb reinforced by Latin lapsare ‘to slip or stumble’.Extra examples I had a momentary lapse when I couldn’t remember his name. I keep suffering these mental lapses. I’m sorry for the long lapse of time between updates. It was an odd lapse for one who is normally so polite. a lapse in attention a serious lapse in judgment a time lapse of three months after a considerable lapse of time allegations of ethical lapses sudden lapses of concentration the investigation into security lapses at the laboratory
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: lapse