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



verbVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they relapse
BrE BrE//rɪˈlæps//
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈlæps//
he / she / it relapses
BrE BrE//rɪˈlæpsɪz//
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈlæpsɪz//
past simple relapsed
BrE BrE//rɪˈlæpst//
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈlæpst//
past participle relapsed
BrE BrE//rɪˈlæpst//
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈlæpst//
-ing form relapsing
BrE BrE//rɪˈlæpsɪŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈlæpsɪŋ//
Being ill
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BrE BrE//rɪˈlæps//
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈlæps//
[intransitive] relapse (into something) to go back into a previous condition or into a worse state after making an improvement They relapsed into silence. He relapsed into his old bad habits. Two days after leaving the hospital she relapsed into a coma. See related entries: Being ill
Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin relaps- ‘slipped back’, from the verb relabi, from re- ‘back’ + labi ‘to slip’. Early senses referred to a return to heresy or wrongdoing.
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