a gradual decline to a lower degree, condition, or stateHis behaviour showed neither decency or dignity. It was an uncommon lapse.
Rome's decline in the fifth century.
There was a sharp fall in the value of the pound.
He was prepared to take a drop in wages.
his swift descent from respected academic to homeless derelict
the rapid deterioration in relations between the two countries
a relapse into the nationalism of the nineteenth century
a temporary drop in standard as a result of forgetfulness or lack of concentrationThe incident was being seen as a serious security lapse.
Spelling mistakes are often just the result of haste.
He had invented an imaginary son, in order to make up for his real son's failings.
It was a genuine fault.
They didn't prove his case of a failure of duty.
NASA discovered a mathematical error in its calculations.
There must be no slips.
He was responsible for his patients' deaths through gross negligence.
an injury occasioned by any omission of the defendant
By an unfortunate oversight, full instructions do not come with the product.
The newspapers tried to reveal the party's indiscretions.
a period of time sufficient for a change to take placethe time lapse between pulling the seat handle and the parachute deploying
During the interval, wine was served.
Nothing has been discussed that might lead to a break in the deadlock.
There followed a gap of four years.
There was a brief pause in the conversation.
interruptions in the supply of food and fuel
a lull in the conversation
We hope that it will give us some breathing space.
Drinks were served during the intermission.
to decline gradually in status, condition, or degreeThe house lapsed into disarray through lack of care.
There is a general public belief that standards have slipped.
Her father fell into the sea after a massive heart attack.
Her father's health has declined significantly in recent months.
Pay increases have sunk to around seven per cent.
The ground dropped away steeply.
She had slid into depression.
There are fears that the situation may deteriorate.
The argument degenerated into a fist fight.
to allow to end or become no longer valid, esp. through negligenceHer membership of the party has lapsed.
Talks have resumed to try to end the fighting.
The music stopped and the lights were turned up.
the day my visa ran out
He continued to live in the States after his visa had expired.
His contract terminates at the end of the season.
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in the sense of break
any sudden interruption in a continuous actionNothing has been discussed that might lead to a break in the deadlock.
in the sense of breathing space
a short period during which a difficult situation temporarily becomes less severeWe hope that it will give us some breathing space.
Video: pronunciation of 'lapse'
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Life on the edge
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