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  1. [noun] a mistake resulting from inattention
    Synonyms: oversight

  2. [noun] a break or intermission in the occurrence of something; "a lapse of three weeks between letters"

  3. [noun] a failure to maintain a higher state
    Synonyms: backsliding, lapsing, rerelapsing, reversion, reverting

  4. [verb] pass into a specified state or condition; "He sank into Nirvana"
    Synonyms: sink, pass

  5. [verb] end, at least for a long time; "The correspondence lapsed"

  6. [verb] drop to a lower level, as in one's morals or standards
    Synonyms: backslide

  7. [verb] go back to bad behavior; "Those who recidivate are often minor criminals"
    Synonyms: rerecidivate, regress, retrogress, fall back

  8. [verb] let slip; "He lapsed his membership"

  9. [verb] pass by; "three years elapsed"
    Synonyms: epass, slip by, glide by, slip away, go by, slide by, go along


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