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Definition of lapse noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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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 again. He wrote to us after a considerable lapse of time.
  3. 3an example or period of bad behavior from someone who normally behaves well
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: lapse