One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘although most children remain well after this procedure, a few relapse’
get ill again, get worse again, have a relapse, suffer a relapse, worsen, deteriorate, degenerate, take a turn for the worse, sicken, weaken, fail, sink
2‘the old woman relapsed into silence’
regress, retrogress, backslide, fall back, go backwards, slip back, slide back, drift back, degenerate
rare recidivate, retrograde
1‘one of the patients later suffered a relapse’
deterioration, worsening of someone's condition, turn for the worse, setback, weakening
2‘he foresaw a relapse into an excessively objective kind of theology’
decline, lapse, deterioration, worsening, degeneration, backsliding, recidivism, reversion, regression, retrogression, downturn, fall, falling, falling away, slipping, drop, descent, sinking, slide
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