- 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 to be no longer valid because the period of time that it lasts has come to an end She allowed her membership to lapse.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[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[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 Phrasal Verbslapse into something
NAmE//læps//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they lapse
he / she / it lapses
past simple lapsed
-ing form lapsing
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