(noun, verb)


1. a mistake resulting from inattention

Similar word(s): oversight

Definition categories: act, error, fault, mistake

2. a break or intermission in the occurrence of something

- a lapse of three weeks between letters

Definition categories: time, break, intermission, interruption, pause, suspension

3. a failure to maintain a higher state

Similar word(s): backsliding, lapsing, relapse, relapsing, reversion, reverting

Definition categories: act, failure


1. pass into a specified state or condition

Similar word(s): pass, sink

Definition categories: motion, move

2. end, at least for a long time

- The correspondence lapsed

Definition categories: change, cease, end, finish, stop, terminate

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

Similar word(s): backslide

Definition categories: change, slip

4. go back to bad behavior

Similar word(s): recidivate, regress, relapse, retrogress

Definition categories: body, regress, retrovert, return, revert

5. let slip

- He lapsed his membership

Definition categories: possession, forego, forfeit, forgo, waive

6. pass by

- three years elapsed

Similar word(s): elapse, pass

Definition categories: motion, advance, progress