lapse

[ laps ]
/ læps /

noun

verb (used without object), lapsed, laps·ing.


Nearby words

  1. lappish,
  2. lapps,
  3. lapsable,
  4. lapsang,
  5. lapsang souchong,
  6. lapse rate,
  7. lapsed,
  8. lapsible,
  9. lapstrake,
  10. lapsus

Origin of lapse

1520–30; < Latin lāpsus an error, slipping, failing, equivalent to lāb(ī) to slide, slip, fall, make a mistake + -sus, for -tus suffix of v. action

Related formslaps·er, nounun·laps·ing, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for lapse

lapse

/ (læps) /

noun

verb (intr)

Derived Formslapsable or lapsible, adjectivelapsed, adjectivelapser, noun

Word Origin for lapse

C15: from Latin lāpsus error, from lābī to glide

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