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verb [intransitive] lapse pronunciation in British English /læps/
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present tense
I/you/we/theylapse
he/she/itlapses
present participlelapsing
past tenselapsed
past participlelapsed
  1. 1
    to stop gradually or for a short time
    At this point the waiter came up with Maggie’s drink and conversation lapsed.
  2. 2
    if an official document, decision, or right lapses, it is no longer effective
    The permit was extended for another year before being left to lapse.
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