To lapse is to stop doing something gradually or gradually change something. When you lapse on your responsibility, you stop doing your job or you stop obeying the rules.

  • The program was successful in the beginning, but as time went on, the number of lapses increased.

  • The government is trying to reduce the number of lapses by increasing the punishment for offenders.

Definition of lapsing


a failure to maintain a higher state


backsliding, lapse, relapse, relapsing, reversion, reverting

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Example Sentences for lapsing

  • 1

    They started to lapse into delirium.

  • 2

    She then lapses into a fitful coma.

  • 3

    This is the reason for the chronological lapses in the movie.

  • 4

    Occasional lapses in judgment are expected and forgivable.

  • 5

    The emails allege ethical lapses by the President.

  • 6

    The lapse on my part was to continue with the nom.

  • 7

    But hardly anyone will admit a lapse in the rigor of the process.

  • 8

    Petty lapses on any side of the arguments are excusable.

  • 9

    The lapse in the process is not communicating your intentions to the editor.

  • 10

    This was in 1623, when Bacon had lapsed into penury.