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as in:  allowed the policy to lapse

She allowed her life insurance to lapse.
  end or terminate — often of legal rights or of a person’s association with an organization
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lapse lapsed lapses lapsing
Lapse has many reasonably common, but highly diverse senses. Accordingly, it is generally recommended that you just learn the sense (or senses) that currently interest you.

Memory aid:  It might help you to remember the different senses of lapse, if you think of all of them as having to do with time.
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  • She allowed her life insurance to lapse.
  • The correspondence lapsed
  • allowed her membership to lapse
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Associated words [difficulty]:   lapse [3] , elapse [2]
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Most commonly used in these subjects:   Classic Literature, Personal Finance, Law
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