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  1. lapse
    IPA[laps]
  2. noun

    verb

    • 1. (of a right, privilege, or agreement) become invalid because it is not used, claimed, or renewed; expire:

      my membership to the gym has lapsed
      Synonym : expire, become void, become invalid, run out, terminate, become obsolete
    • 2. (of a state or activity) fail to be maintained; come to an end:

      if your diet has lapsed it's time you revived it
      Synonym : end, cease, come to an end, stop, terminate, vanish, disappear, pass, fade, fall away, dwindle, wilt, wither, die
    • 3. (of an adherent to a particular religion or doctrine) cease to follow the rules and practices of that religion or doctrine:

      many Christians in Britain have lapsed
    • 4. pass gradually into (an inferior state or condition):

      the country has lapsed into chaos
      Synonym : deteriorate, decline, fall, fall off, drop, worsen, degenerate, decay, rot, backslide, regress, retrogress, get worse, sink, wane, slump, fail, go downhill, go to pot, go to the dogs, go down the toilet, hit the skids
    • 5. revert to (a previous or more familiar style of speaking or behavior):

      the girls lapsed into French
      Synonym : revert, relapse, fall back, drift, slide, slip, sink, subside
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: lapse, plural noun: lapses

    • v.: verb: lapse, 3rd person present: lapses, gerund or present participle: lapsing, past tense: lapsed, past participle: lapsed

    • noun

      a brief or temporary failure of concentration, memory, or judgement:

      a decline from previously high standards:

    • verb

      (of a right, privilege, or agreement) become invalid because it is not used, claimed, or renewed; expire:

      (of a state or activity) fail to be maintained; come to an end:

    • adjective

      no longer valid; expired:

      no longer following the rules and practices of a religion or doctrine; nonpracticing:

    • adjective

      no longer valid; expired:

      no longer following the rules and practices of a religion or doctrine; non-practising:

    • adjective

      denoting the photographic technique of taking a sequence of frames at set intervals to record changes that take place slowly over time. When the frames are shown at normal speed, or in quick succession, the action seems much faster.
    • noun

      the rate at which air temperature falls with increasing altitude.
    • adjective

      denoting the photographic technique of taking a sequence of frames at set intervals to record changes that take place slowly over time. When the frames are shown at normal speed the action seems much faster.
    • noun

      the rate at which air temperature falls with increasing altitude.
    • noun

      the rate at which atmospheric temperature decreases with increasing altitude in conditions of thermal equilibrium.
    • noun

      the rate at which atmospheric temperature decreases with increasing altitude in conditions of thermal equilibrium.
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