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Multiple Meanings
lapse — as in:  a lapse in judgement

Apparently the error occurred because of a lapse in the air controller’s concentration.
a change in behavior or state—usually undesired

(see word notes for more detailed definitions based upon context)
lapse — 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
lapse — as in:  after the lapse of many hours

Three weeks lapsed before they met again.
a period of time — often a period that has passed
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