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Pronunciation: /læps/

Translation of lapse in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (fault, error) lapsus (masculine), falla (feminine), fallo (masculine) (Spain/España) a security lapse una falla or (Spain/España) un fallo or descuido en el sistema de seguridad a lapse of concentration una falta de concentración, un descuido to have a lapse of memory tener* una falla or (Spain/España) un fallo de memoria, tener* un lapsus (de memoria) an astonishing lapse of taste una sorprendente falta de gusto
    Example sentences
    • People with Huntington's find they have a lack of concentration, short-term memory lapses and problems with orientation.
    • Another problem with skimping on sleep is lack of concentration and lapses in memory.
    • His brief lapse in concentration costs him a nick across the chest.
    1.2 (slip, decline)lapse from sth it was her one lapse from the straight and narrow fue su único desliz, fue la única vez que se apartó del buen camino a lapse from grace una caída en desgracialapse into sth her sudden lapse into silence surprised me su repentino silencio me sorprendió the ending is spoiled by a lapse into sentimentality el final se resiente por caer en lo sentimental
    Example sentences
    • It was a shocking lapse from the usually solid stopper and completely knocked the wind out of City's sails.
    • A general correlation between an agent's lapse from virtue and her decline from flourishing is enough for some purposes.
    • The report found ‘serious lapses in standards’ in relation to Mr X's dignity and respect in being left on a corridor for a lengthy period in just his vest and pyjama bottoms.
  • 2 (interval) lapso (masculine), período (masculine) a considerable lapse of time un considerable lapso de tiempo there was a lapse in the conversation se hizo un silencio en la conversación
    Example sentences
    • There was a very considerable lapse of time between the initial offences and trial causing difficulty for prosecution and defence.
    • The lapse of time before the first written sources is considerable.
    • Given the lapse of time and considerations of natural justice and cost, resolved that no further disciplinary action be taken by the university.
  • 3 (expiry) caducidad (feminine) the lapse of the contract la caducidad del contrato
    Example sentences
    • It is not there to punish prosecutors for administrative lapses; it is there to protect defendants by ensuring that they are kept in prison awaiting trial no longer than is justifiable.
    • It was accepted by the respondent that his managerial performance exhibited regrettable lapses and the tribunal can only wholeheartedly agree.
    • So far as they clearly thought this was a serious lapse which they describe as the Appellant abandoning his patient when her condition was still serious, their Lordships entirely agree.

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • 1 (fall, slip) standards have lapsed el nivel ha decaídoto lapse from sth she lapsed from her customary courteousness dejó de lado su cortesía habitual the Kingdom has lapsed from its former glory [literary/literario] el Reino ha perdido su antigua gloriato lapse into sth he lapsed into silence se calló, se quedó callado to lapse into bad habits adquirir* malos hábitos to lapse into unconsciousness perder* el conocimiento she lapsed into French/the local dialect empezó a hablar en francés/el dialecto local a lapsed Catholic un católico que ha dejado de practicar
  • 2 2.1 (cease) [project/plan] cancelarse; [custom/practice] perderse*, caer* en desuso; [friendship] enfriarse* his concentration lapsed se desconcentró, perdió la concentración 2.2 (expire) [policy/membership/contract] caducar*, vencer*
  • 3 (pass) several hours had lapsed habían transcurrido varias horas

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