Relapse - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |rɪˈlæps|  American pronunciation of the word relapse
Brit.  |rɪˈlaps|  British pronunciation of the word relapse


- a failure to maintain a higher state (syn: backsliding, lapse, lapsing, relapsing, reversion, reverting)


- deteriorate in health
- go back to bad behavior (syn: lapse, recidivate, regress, retrogress)


Everyone thought she was well until a sudden relapse sent her back to the hospital.

a drug addict who has had a relapse

a drug addict who has a history of relapse

If you don't continue your treatment, you could relapse.

Malaria can relapse years after the original infection.

The country soon relapsed into chaos.

She stayed out of trouble for a long time, but then she relapsed into her old ways.

It is easy to relapse into lazy habits.

We were afraid he might relapse into a coma.

Clara soon relapsed into her old ways.

She had a relapse and died soon after.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: relapse
he/she/it: relapses
present participle: relapsing
past tense: relapsed
past participle: relapsed
singular: relapse
plural: relapses
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