- A usually minor or temporary failure; a slip.A lapse of memory; a lapse in judgment.
- A deterioration or decline.A lapse into barbarism.
- A moral fall.A lapse from grace.
A lapse in the conversation.
A lapse of several years between the two revolutions.
To lapse into a coma.
A lapsed Catholic.
My subscription lapsed.
Years had lapsed since we last met.
An example of lapse is when a person has a loss of memory.
An example of lapse is when a person temporarily stops paying attention or shows bad judgment.
An example of lapse is when a neighborhood that was once nice becomes full of crime.
An example of lapse is to slip into unconsciousness.
An example of lapse is when your driver's license has expired.
An example of lapse is to stop going to church as required by your religion.
An example of lapse is when your homeowner's insurance becomes inactive because you failed to pay the bill.
Origin of lapse
- Middle English lapsen to deviate from the normal from laps lapse of time, sin (from Old French lapse of time) (from Latin lāpsus) (from) (past participle of lābī to lapse) and from Latin lāpsāre frequentative of lābī
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition