1. [ noun ] a mistake resulting from inattention
Synonyms: oversight
Related terms: mistake
2. [ verb ] go back to bad behavior
Synonyms: recidivate regress retrogress fall_back relapse

"Those who recidivate are often minor criminals"

Related terms: revert backsliding recidivism
3. [ noun ] a failure to maintain a higher state
Synonyms: lapsing recidivism relapse relapsing reversion reverting backsliding
Related terms: failure recidivism revert get_worse relapse
4. [ verb ] drop to a lower level; as in one's morals or standards
Synonyms: backslide
Related terms: slip recidivist
5. [ verb ] end, at least for a long time

"The correspondence lapsed"

Related terms: terminate end
6. [ verb ] pass into a specified state or condition
Synonyms: sink pass

: "He sank into Nirvana"

Related terms: move passage
7. [ noun ] a break or intermission in the occurrence of something

"a lapse of three weeks between letters"

Related terms: pause elapse
8. [ verb ] let slip

"He lapsed his membership"

Related terms: forfeit
9. [ verb ] pass by, as of time
Synonyms: pass go_by elapse go_along slip_away glide_by slide_by slip_by
Related terms: advance fly
Similar spelling:   Lappish