Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

relapse

 - definition
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
verb [intransitive] relapse pronunciation in British English /rɪˈlæps/ 
Word Forms
Close
present tense
I/you/we/theyrelapse
he/she/itrelapses
present participlerelapsing
past tenserelapsed
past participlerelapsed

Related dictionary definitions

  1. 2
    to return to your previous character or behaviour
    relapse into:

    Annie shook her head and relapsed into silence again.

pre-cation

a paid holiday given to a new employee before they start their job

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

selfie stick

an expandable stick which you attach to a mobile phone or camera to help you take a selfie …

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog