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English noun: lapse

1. lapse (act) a mistake resulting from inattention


Synonymsoversight


Broader (hypernym)error, fault, mistake

2. lapse (time) a break or intermission in the occurrence of something


SamplesA lapse of three weeks between letters.


Broader (hypernym)break, intermission, interruption, pause, suspension

3. lapse (act) a failure to maintain a higher state


Synonymsbacksliding, lapsing, relapse, relapsing, reversion, reverting


Broader (hypernym)failure


Narrower (hyponym)recidivism


English verb: lapse

1. lapse (motion) pass into a specified state or condition


SamplesHe sank into nirvana.


Synonymspass, sink


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)move

2. lapse (change) end, at least for a long time


SamplesThe correspondence lapsed.


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)cease, end, finish, stop, terminate

3. lapse (change) drop to a lower level, as in one's morals or standards


Synonymsbackslide


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)drop away, drop off, fall away, slip

4. lapse (body) go back to bad behavior


SamplesThose who recidivate are often minor criminals.


Synonymsfall back, recidivate, regress, relapse, retrogress


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)regress, retrovert, return, revert, turn back

5. lapse (possession) let slip


SamplesHe lapsed his membership.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)forego, forfeit, forgo, give up, throw overboard, waive

6. lapse (motion) pass by


SamplesThree years elapsed.


Synonymselapse, glide by, go along, go by, pass, slide by, slip away, slip by


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)advance, go on, march on, move on, pass on, progress


Narrower (hyponym)fell, fly, vanish









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