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

 

relapse

 verb
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 Origin late 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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