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English definition of “lapse into something”

lapse into something

verb [I] phrasal verb with lapse  /læps/ us  
to change to a less active state: The 84-year-old has lapsed into a coma. Someone who lapses into something chooses to do something that is easier: He had difficulty with English and often lapsed into his native German.
(Definition of lapse into something from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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