Definition of lapse verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    lapse

     verb
    verb
    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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  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 to be no longer valid because the period of time that it lasts has come to an end She allowed her membership to lapse.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.
  4.  
    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