lapse

  • 1 lapse — 1 / laps/ n: a termination or failure due to events, neglect, or time: as a: the failure of a bequest (as because the intended recipient dies before the testator) compare anti lapse statute b: the termination of an insurance policy because of… …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 lapse — n 1 slip, *error, mistake, blunder, faux pas, bull, howler, boner Analogous words: *offense, sin, vice, crime: *fault, failing, frailty, foible: transgression, *breach, violation, trespass 2 relapse, backsliding (see under LAPSE vb) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3 Lapse — (l[a^]ps), n. [L. lapsus, fr. labi, p. p. lapsus, to slide, to fall: cf. F. laps. See {Sleep}.] 1. A gliding, slipping, or gradual falling; an unobserved or imperceptible progress or passing away,; restricted usually to immaterial things, or to… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 Lapse — Lapse, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Lapsed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Lapsing}.] 1. To pass slowly and smoothly downward, backward, or away; to slip downward, backward, or away; to glide; mostly restricted to figurative uses. [1913 Webster] A tendency to lapse… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 lapse — [n1] mistake blunder, breach, bungle, crime, error, failing, failure, fault, flub, foible, frailty, gaff, goof, goof up*, indiscretion, miscue, negligence, offense, omission, oversight, screw up*, sin, slip, slip up, transgression, trespass,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 Lapse — Lapse, v. t. 1. To let slip; to permit to devolve on another; to allow to pass. [1913 Webster] An appeal may be deserted by the appellant s lapsing the term of law. Ayliffe. [1913 Webster] 2. To surprise in a fault or error; hence, to surprise or …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 7 lapse — ► NOUN 1) a brief failure of concentration, memory, or judgement. 2) a decline from previously high standards. 3) an interval of time. 4) Law the termination of a right or privilege through disuse or failure to follow appropriate procedures. ►… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 lapse — [laps] n. [L lapsus, a fall: see LAP1] 1. a slip of the tongue, pen, or memory; small error; fault 2. a) a falling away from a moral standard; moral slip b) a falling or slipping into a lower or worse condition, esp. for a short time 3 …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 lapse — relapse …

    Dictionnaire des rimes

  • 10 lapse — ▪ I. lapse lapse 1 [læps] verb [intransitive] 1. COMMERCE if a contract, agreement, or offer lapses, it ends because an agreed time limit has passed: • The customer has the right to exercise the option or allow the option to lapse. • There are… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 11 lapse — lapse1 [læps] n [Date: 1300 1400; : Latin; Origin: lapsus, from labi to slip ] 1.) a short period of time during which you fail to do something well or properly, often caused by not being careful momentary/temporary/occasional etc lapse ▪ Despite …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 lapse — lapse1 [ læps ] noun count 1. ) a short or temporary period when you fail or forget to do things in the right way: The man admitted driving over the speed limit and apologized for the lapse. lapse of: She was angered by her momentary lapse of… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 lapse — I UK [læps] / US noun [countable] Word forms lapse : singular lapse plural lapses 1) a) a short or temporary period when you fail or forget to do something in the right way The man admitted driving over the speed limit and apologized for the… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 lapse — [[t]læ̱ps[/t]] lapses, lapsing, lapsed 1) N COUNT: usu adj N, N in n A lapse is a moment or instance of bad behaviour by someone who usually behaves well. On Friday he showed neither decency nor dignity. It was an uncommon lapse. 2) N COUNT: N of …

    English dictionary

  • 15 lapse — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun 1 small error; bad manners ADJECTIVE ▪ minor ▪ major, serious ▪ a serious lapse in judgment ▪ unfortunate ▪ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 16 lapse — I n. 1) a momentary, temporary lapse (of memory) 2) a linguistic lapse 3) a lapse in (a lapse in judgment) II v. (d; intr.) to lapse into (to lapse into a coma) * * * [læps] temporary lapse (of memory) a linguistic lapse a momentary a lapse in …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 17 lapse — lapser, n. /laps/, n., v., lapsed, lapsing. n. 1. an accidental or temporary decline or deviation from an expected or accepted condition or state; a temporary falling or slipping from a previous standard: a lapse of justice. 2. a slip or error,… …

    Universalium

  • 18 lapse — 1 noun (C) 1 a short time when someone is careless or forgetful (+ in): There haven t been any lapses in security recently. (+ of): A single lapse of concentration cost Becker the game. | a memory lapse (=when you cannot remember something for a… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 lapse — [[t]læps[/t]] n. v. lapsed, laps•ing 1) an accidental or temporary decline or deviation from an expected or accepted condition or state: a lapse of justice[/ex] 2) a slip or error, often of a trivial sort: a lapse of memory[/ex] 3) an interval or …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 lapse — de·lapse; lapse; col·lapse; il·lapse; pro·lapse; re·lapse; …

    English syllables