verb (used without object), lapsed, laps·ing.
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OTHER WORDS FROM lapselapser, nounun·laps·ing, adjective
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How to use lapse in a sentence
The defensive lapses came because of missed assignments and some trouble in transition.Maryland misses a chance to boost its NCAA tournament hopes with a loss to No. 4 Ohio State|Emily Giambalvo|February 9, 2021|Washington Post
According to sources who heard the presentation, Wyler used no names and only titles in discussing the management lapses in editing “The Mad, Mad World of Niche Sports.”Editor who worked on Ruth Shalit Barrett’s retracted Atlantic story is no longer with the magazine|Erik Wemple|January 30, 2021|Washington Post
Despite his decision to delay signing the bill over last-minute objections, the Labor Department said this week that it does not expect people claiming certain federal unemployment benefits to experience a lapse in payments.19.5 million Americans remain on unemployment at end of 2020|Axios|December 31, 2020|Axios
Only through lawsuits — and people like being willing to come forward — can the public get a true picture of these lapses in care.Terrible Year, Great Discoveries: Our Favorite Stories of 2020|Randy Dotinga|December 24, 2020|Voice of San Diego
Budget experts said the impact of that lapse would almost certainly be minimal if Congress can approve the government funding deal by the end of the weekend.Government funding appears likely to expire Friday night as Congress tries to complete stimulus deal|Jeff Stein, Mike DeBonis, Lisa Rein, Rachel Siegel|December 18, 2020|Washington Post
I shut my eyes yet felt aware of the garden at my elbow, the blooms opening as if in time-lapse, the stalks lengthening.
That lapse was partly mitigated by the rise of blogging, which encouraged user-generated content.
This trend will only accelerate as whites lapse at higher rates than nonwhites.Even Conservative Evangelical Support Couldn’t Save Immigration Reform|Jacob Lupfer|July 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Today no one in either party would accept such a benign explanation for a lapse in security, nor should they.
Rich defendant, revolving door attorneys, last-minute plea deals… cue the brooding theme music and time-lapse photography.
This unreasoning, feminine obstinacy so wrought upon him that he permitted himself a smile and a lapse into irony and banter.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
No notice being taken of the taps, the unseen visitor, after a short lapse, ventured to open the door and peep in.The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2)|Charles Dickens
He felt vexed with himself for his lapse from good manners, yet hardly able to account for it.Three More John Silence Stories|Algernon Blackwood
That has been left for us to discover, and that glamour in which we see their age is one afforded only by the lapse of time.The Portsmouth Road and Its Tributaries|Charles G. Harper
In the intervals which must occur between the courses, do not appear to be conscious of the lapse of time.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness|Florence Hartley