lapse into

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of lapse into

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 :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

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

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

  3. : a becoming less : decline

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

  2. : sink, slip

  3. : to go out of existence : cease


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