\ ˈlapst How to pronounce lapsed (audio) \

Definition of lapsed

: having ceased to be active in practice, membership, or belief a lapsed Catholic

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Recent Examples on the Web For a lapsed Teamskins fan, this show offered hope. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: 10 things from Cincinnati Bengals' loss to Washington Football Team," 24 Nov. 2020 Officially, the settlement closes the FCC investigation without a finding, even though Sprint admitted taking FCC reimbursements for lapsed subscribers. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "FCC forces T-Mobile to pay $200 million fine for subsidiary Sprint’s fraud," 4 Nov. 2020 That combination of aggressiveness and lapsed judgment — the Twins left fielder should know the left-field ground rules — could cost the Twins big in a short series. Star Tribune, "Picture not always rosy when it comes to Twins' Eddie Rosario," 6 Sep. 2020 The lapsed unemployment benefit is a major sticking point in the talks. Erica Werner,, "Trump renews talk of White House-imposed tax cut; administration, Democrats at odds in relief talks," 5 Aug. 2020 The election in 2019 of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and his pledge to end the war reinvigorated diplomatic efforts to implement a lapsed 2015 peace accord. Andrew Langley | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Standoff in Ukraine," 13 Dec. 2019 Aldermen also reinstated a 15-day grace period for lapsed stickers and banned consecutive and same-day ticketing. ProPublica, "Hundreds of Thousands of Chicago Motorists Could Receive Debt Relief From Vehicle Sticker Tickets as the City Expands Reform," 27 Sep. 2019 Michael Pachter, an analyst at financial services firm Wedbush, modeled growth of 460,000 subscribers but that number could go up depending on whether Blizzard was able to draw back lapsed subscribers. Shannon Liao, CNN, "'World of Warcraft Classic' draws on gaming nostalgia," 27 Aug. 2019 Some $133 million would be cut from a lapsed railroad unemployment insurance program, and $252 million from an Ebola response account, as apparently the money outlived the outbreak. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Useful Spending Debate," 13 May 2018

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“Lapsed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of lapsed

: no longer believing or following the teachings of a religion
: no longer effective or valid

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