lapsing Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a failure to maintain a higher state
    relapsing; relapse; reversion; lapse; reverting; backsliding.
  2. verb pass into a specified state or condition
    lapse; sink; pass.
    • He sank into nirvana
  3. verb end, at least for a long time
    • The correspondence lapsed
  4. verb drop to a lower level, as in one's morals or standards
    lapse; backslide.
  5. verb go back to bad behavior
    retrogress; recidivate; relapse; lapse; fall back; regress.
    • Those who recidivate are often minor criminals
  6. verb let slip
    • He lapsed his membership
  7. verb pass by
    elapse; go along; lapse; slip away; go by; glide by; slip by; pass; slide by.
    • three years elapsed