lapse

[ laps ]
/ læps /

noun

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

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM lapse

lapser, nounun·laps·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for lapse

lapse
/ (læps) /

noun

verb (intr)

Derived forms of lapse

lapsable or lapsible, adjectivelapsed, adjectivelapser, noun

Word Origin for lapse

C15: from Latin lāpsus error, from lābī to glide
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