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English noun: lapse

1. lapse (act) a mistake resulting from inattention


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


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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