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- (intransitive) To fall back again; to slide or turn back into a former state or practice.
1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 5, in The Celebrity:
- Then we relapsed into a discomfited silence, and wished we were anywhere else. But Miss Thorn relieved the situation by laughing aloud, and with such a hearty enjoyment that instead of getting angry and more mortified we began to laugh ourselves, and instantly felt better.
He has improved recently but keeps relapsing into states of utter confusion. to relapse into a stupor, into vice, or into barbarism; to relapse into slumber after being disturbed
- (intransitive, medicine, of a disease) To recur; to worsen, be aggravated.
- To slip or slide back physically; to turn back.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Dryden to this entry?)
- (to fall back into a former state or practice): fall off the wagon
To fall back again
(medicine) To recur; to worsen
relapse (plural relapses)
- The act or situation of relapsing.
- Alas! from what high hope to what relapse / Unlooked for are we fallen! — Milton.
- (medicine) An occasion when a person becomes ill again after a period of improvement
- (obsolete) One who has relapsed, or fallen back into error; a backslider.
the act or situation of relapsing
- relapse in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- relapse in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- “relapse” at OneLook Dictionary Search.