lapse1 [læps] n
[Date: 1300-1400; : Latin; Origin: lapsus, from labi 'to slip']
1.) a short period of time during which you fail to do something well or properly, often caused by not being careful
momentary/temporary/occasional etc lapse
Despite the occasional lapse, this was a fine performance by the young saxophonist.
A defensive lapse by Keown allowed Tottenham to score.
lapse in
lapses in security
lapse of
A single lapse of concentration cost Sampras the game.
a lapse of judgement
After taking the drug, several patients suffered memory lapses (=when you cannot remember something for a short time) .
2.) a failure to do something you should do, especially to behave correctly
He forgot to offer Darren a drink, but Marie did not appear to notice the lapse.
3.) [usually singular]
a period of time between two events
The usual time lapse between request and delivery is two days.
lapse of
a lapse of about ten seconds
lapse 2
lapse2 v
1.) to gradually come to an end or to stop for a period of time
The conversation lapsed.
2.) if a contract, agreement etc lapses, it comes to an end, usually because an agreed time limit has passed
Your booking will automatically lapse unless you confirm it.
3.) to stop believing in or following a religion
those people who have lapsed from the practice of their religion
4.) [i]formal if a period of time lapses, it passes
Many years had lapsed since her first visit to Wexford.
lapse into [lapse into sth] phr v
1.) lapse into unconsciousness/silence/sleep etc
to go into a quiet or less active state
He lapsed into a coma and died two days later.
Alison lapsed into puzzled silence.
2.) to begin to behave or speak in a way that you did before
She lapsed back into her old ways.
Occasionally he lapsed into his native German.
3.) to get into a worse state or become worse
Following his death, the Empire lapsed into chaos.
His poetry often lapses into sentimentality.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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