verb (used without object), lapsed, laps·ing.
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Origin of lapse
OTHER WORDS FROM lapselapser, nounun·laps·ing, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for lapse
The former has gone so far as to take out ads apologizing for its lapses.George Will, Fox News, and the Beginning of an Ebola Conspiracy|Russell Saunders|October 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But when a financial model depends on millions of users, and mere algorithms patrolling the gates, lapses are inevitable.Facebook Apologizes For, but Doesn’t Retract, Discriminatory ‘Real Name’ Policy|Jay Michaelson|October 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As enraging as these lapses are, they should not come as a surprise.The Worst Place in the World for MH370 to Go Missing|Clive Irving|April 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
All of this has become so familiar that it lapses from our minds, it's just the way things are.
If all this were only hypocrisy, Gingrich might legitimately expect voters to shrug off his lapses of decency and humanity.Republican Debate: Why Newt Gingrich’s Performance Should Disqualify Him|Lee Siegel|January 21, 2012|DAILY BEAST
This extremely low rate has been due to the large number of lapses.Beneficiary Features of American Trade Unions|James B. Kennedy
There is a variable velocity of existence, though the lapses of time may be equable.History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2)|John William Draper
Giovanni's speeches were no more flattering than Tornik's lapses from boredom.The Title Market|Emily Post
Worship and sacrifice, as mere acts toward supernatural beings, may be consonant with any number of lapses in conduct.Pioneers of Evolution from Thales to Huxley|Edward Clodd
It is true that in this interval of very many centuries there had been lapses into unbelief.