1. a mistake resulting from inattention
  2. a break or intermission in the occurrence of something; “a lapse of three weeks between letters”
  3. a failure to maintain a higher state


  1. pass into a specified state or condition; “He sank into nirvana”
  2. end, at least for a long time; “The correspondence lapsed”
  3. drop to a lower level, as in one’s morals or standards
  4. go back to bad behavior; “Those who recidivate are often minor criminals”
  5. let slip; “He lapsed his membership”
  6. pass by; “three years elapsed”