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1lapse/ˈlæps/noun
plurallapses
1lapse
/ˈlæps/
noun
plurallapses
Learner's definition of LAPSE  
[count]
: an occurrence in which you fail to think or act in the usual or proper way for a brief time and make a mistake — often + in — often + of
   b  : an occurrence in which someone behaves badly for usually a short period of time
   c  : a change that results in worse behavior
: a period of time between events — often + of
: the ending of something that happens when the payments necessary for it to continue are not made — often + of
2lapse/ˈlæps/verb
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2lapse
/ˈlæps/
verb
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Learner's definition of LAPSE  
[no object]
: to stop for usually a brief time
: to become no longer effective or valid

lapse into

[phrasal verb]
lapse into (something) 
: to begin using or doing (something that should be avoided) for a short period of time
: to begin to be in (a worse or less active state or condition)
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