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

     

    lapse

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    verb
    BrE BrE//læps//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//læps//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they lapse
    BrE BrE//læps//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//læps//
     
    he / she / it lapses
    BrE BrE//ˈlæpsɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlæpsɪz//
     
    past simple lapsed
    BrE BrE//læpst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//læpst//
     
    past participle lapsed
    BrE BrE//læpst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//læpst//
     
    -ing form lapsing
    BrE BrE//ˈlæpsɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlæpsɪŋ//
     
     
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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 to be no longer valid because the period of time that it lasts has come to an end She had allowed her membership to lapse. The treaty lapsed in 1995. The booking will automatically lapse if the deposit is not paid within two weeks.
  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 practising your religion He lapsed from Judaism when he was a student.
  4. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin lapsus, from labi ‘to glide, slip, or fall’; the verb reinforced by Latin lapsare ‘to slip or stumble’. Phrasal Verbsˈlapse into something
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: lapse

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