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- Rhymes: -æps
- (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 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
- Noah Webster (1913), “relapse”, in Noah Porter, editor, Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam Company
- “relapse”, in The Century Dictionary, New York: The Century Co., 1911
- relapse at OneLook Dictionary Search