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Lapse vs. Elapse

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  • Lapse (noun)

    A temporary failure; a slip.

  • Lapse (noun)

    A decline or fall in standards.

  • Lapse (noun)

    A pause in continuity.

  • Lapse (noun)

    An interval of time between events.

  • Lapse (noun)

    A termination of a right etc., through disuse or neglect.

  • Lapse (noun)

    A marked decrease in air temperature with increasing altitude because the ground is warmer than the surrounding air.

  • Lapse (noun)

    A willed were to die before the testator, then the gift would be ineffective.

  • Lapse (noun)

    A fall or apostasy.

  • Lapse (verb)

    To fall away gradually; to subside.

  • Lapse (verb)

    To fall into error or heresy.

  • Lapse (verb)

    To slip into a bad habit that one is trying to avoid.

  • Lapse (verb)

    To become void.

  • Lapse (verb)

    To fall or pass from one proprietor to another, or from the original destination, by the omission, negligence, or failure of somebody, such as a patron or legatee.

  • Elapse (verb)

    To pass or move by.

    "He allowed a month to elapse before beginning the work."

    "Several days elapsed before they met again."

Wiktionary
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  • Lapse (noun)

    a brief or temporary failure of concentration, memory, or judgement

    "a lapse of concentration in the second set cost her the match"

  • Lapse (noun)

    a decline from previously high standards

    "tracing his lapse into petty crime"

  • Lapse (noun)

    the termination of a right or privilege through disuse or failure to follow appropriate procedures.

  • Lapse (noun)

    an interval or passage of time

    "there was a considerable lapse of time between the two events"

  • Lapse (verb)

    (of a right, privilege, or agreement) become invalid because it is not used, claimed, or renewed; expire

    "he let his membership of CND lapse"

  • Lapse (verb)

    (of a state or activity) fail to be maintained; come to an end

    "if your diet has lapsed it's time you revived it"

  • Lapse (verb)

    cease to follow the rules and practices of a religion or doctrine

    "many Christians in Britain have lapsed"

  • Lapse (verb)

    pass gradually into (an inferior state or condition)

    "the country has lapsed into chaos"

  • Lapse (verb)

    revert to (a previous or more familiar style of speaking or behaviour)

    "the girls lapsed into French"

  • Elapse (verb)

    (of time) pass or go by

    "weeks elapsed before anyone was charged with the attack"

Oxford Dictionary
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  • Lapse (noun)

    A gliding, slipping, or gradual falling; an unobserved or imperceptible progress or passing away,; - restricted usually to immaterial things, or to figurative uses.

  • Lapse (noun)

    A slip; an error; a fault; a failing in duty; a slight deviation from truth or rectitude.

  • Lapse (noun)

    The termination of a right or privilege through neglect to exercise it within the limited time, or through failure of some contingency; hence, the devolution of a right or privilege.

  • Lapse (noun)

    A fall or apostasy.

  • Lapse (verb)

    To pass slowly and smoothly downward, backward, or away; to slip downward, backward, or away; to glide; - mostly restricted to figurative uses.

  • Lapse (verb)

    To slide or slip in moral conduct; to fail in duty; to fall from virtue; to deviate from rectitude; to commit a fault by inadvertence or mistake.

  • Lapse (verb)

    To fall or pass from one proprietor to another, or from the original destination, by the omission, negligence, or failure of some one, as a patron, a legatee, etc.

  • Lapse

    To let slip; to permit to devolve on another; to allow to pass.

  • Lapse

    To surprise in a fault or error; hence, to surprise or catch, as an offender.

  • Elapse (verb)

    To slip or glide away; to pass away silently, as time; - used chiefly in reference to time.

Webster Dictionary
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  • Lapse (noun)

    a mistake resulting from inattention

  • Lapse (noun)

    a break or intermission in the occurrence of something;

    "a lapse of three weeks between letters"

  • Lapse (noun)

    a failure to maintain a higher state

  • Lapse (verb)

    pass into a specified state or condition;

    "He sank into Nirvana"

  • Lapse (verb)

    end, at least for a long time;

    "The correspondence lapsed"

  • Lapse (verb)

    drop to a lower level, as in one's morals or standards

  • Lapse (verb)

    go back to bad behavior;

    "Those who recidivate are often minor criminals"

  • Lapse (verb)

    let slip;

    "He lapsed his membership"

  • Lapse (verb)

    pass by;

    "three years elapsed"

  • Elapse (verb)

    pass by;

    "three years elapsed"

Princeton's WordNet

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