Synonyms for lapse:
take place, go past.
Sense 1 (noun)
Sense 2 (noun)
Sense 4 (noun)
glide, slither, glissade.
break in action (noun)
miss, washout, meltdown, malfunction, white elephant, fiasco, infertility, implosion, crash, skid, default, dysfunction, breakdown, nonstarter, misfire, debacle, bust, flop, wipeout, nosedive, loss, failure, fizzle, tailspin, noncompliance.
befuddlement, carelessness, unconcern, heedlessness, Incuriosity, distraction, apathy, unconsciousness, detachment, inattention, Inobservance, indifference, inadvertence, lack of interest, aloofness, absent-mindedness, absence, dreaminess, obliviousness, oversight, thoughtlessness, forgetfulness, disregard, disinterestedness, disregardfulness, preoccupation, negligence.
indefinite duration (noun)
become void; fall back into previous pattern (verb)
revert, get worse, dilapidate, slide, downgrade, retrogress, slip, decline, wither, relapse, deteriorate, sink, atrophy, decay, degenerate, tergiversate, wane, moulder, ebb, worsen, fade, collapse, regress, go downhill, fall apart, putrefy, wilt, slump.
backslide, recur, recede.
Usage examples for lapse:
- Nobody who had seen his face, when he was first brought to the cottage, could have looked at him again, after the lapse of a fortnight, and have failed to discover the signs which promise recovery of health. - "Blind Love", Wilkie Collins.
- If with the lapse of years it becomes necessary to take off large limbs from any fruit- tree, the authorities recommend early June as the best season for the operation. - "The Home Acre", E. P. Roe.
- He comes and goes now after the lapse of years. - "The Confessions of a Beachcomber", E J Banfield.