1. a mistake resulting from inattention

    Synonyms : oversight
    Type Of : mistake, fault, error
  2. pass into a specified state or condition

    Synonyms : pass, sink
    Type Of : move
  3. pass by

    Synonyms : elapse, glide by, go along, go by, pass, slide by, slip away, slip by
    Type Of : pass on, move on, march on, go on, advance, progress
    Examples :
    • three years elapsed
  4. go back to bad behavior

    Synonyms : fall back, recidivate, regress, relapse, retrogress
    Type Of : revert, turn back, regress, retrovert, return
  5. drop to a lower level, as in one's morals or standards

    Synonyms : backslide
    Type Of : slip, drop away, drop off, fall away
  6. a failure to maintain a higher state

    Synonyms : backsliding, lapsing, relapse, relapsing, reversion, reverting
    Type Of : failure
  7. a break or intermission in the occurrence of something

    Type Of : suspension, intermission, interruption, pause, break
    Examples :
    • a lapse of three weeks between letters
  8. end, at least for a long time

    Type Of : stop, finish, cease, terminate, end
    Examples :
    • The correspondence lapsed
  9. let slip

    Type Of : waive, forego, forfeit, forgo, give up, throw overboard
    Examples :
    • He lapsed his membership