[ verb ] go back to bad behavior
"Those who recidivate are often minor criminals"
Used in print(Organic Gardening and Farming,...)
The fruit is then cooled to 42 ` F. , a temperature at which it lapses into a sort_of dormant state .
[ noun ] a failure to maintain a higher state
Used in print(Doris Miles Disney, Mrs. Meeker's Money....)
`` Mr._Hohlbein and I have noticed some lapses since , though .
[ verb ] drop to a lower level; as in one's morals or standards
Used in print(Harold Searles, "Schizophrenic Communication,"...)
The content of his words may lapse back into monotonous repetition , as if a phonograph_needle were stuck in one groove ; only seldom is it so simple as to be a matter of his obviously parroting some timeworn axiom , common to our culture , which he has evidently heard , over_and_over , from a parent until he experiences it as part of him .
[ verb ] end, at least for a long time
"The correspondence lapsed"
Used in print(Kenneth Scott Latourette, Christianity in a Revolutiona...)
Many_of them had once been members of a church or at_least had been given instruction in Christianity but for one or another reason had allowed the connexion to lapse .
[ verb ] pass into a specified state or condition
: "He sank into Nirvana"
Used in print(Cordwainer Smith, "A Planet Named Shayol,"...)
Having arrived he blinked sleepily and friendlily at them , and lapsed back into the restful stupor from which he had emerged .
[ verb ] let slip
"He lapsed his membership"