lapse into

Definition of lapse into

  1. 1 :  to begin using or doing (something that should be avoided) for a short period of time He's a good writer, but he occasionally lapses into jargon.

  2. 2 :  to begin to be in (a worse or less active state or condition) The crowd lapsed into silence. The patient lapsed into a coma. The society lapsed into decline.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  a slight error typically due to forgetfulness or inattention

    :  a temporary deviation or fall especially from a higher to a lower state

    :  a becoming less :  decline

  1. :  to fall from an attained and usually high level (as of morals or manners) to one much lower

    :  to depart from an accepted pattern or standard

    :  sink, slip

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a brief usually trivial fact

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