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English definition of “lapse into sth”

lapse into sth

verb [I] uk phrasal verb with lapse   /læps/ us  

(LESS ACTIVE)

to start speaking or behaving in a less active or acceptable way: No one could think of anything more to say, and the meeting lapsed into silence.Deteriorating and making worse

(WORSE)

to gradually get into a worse state or condition: He lapsed into a coma and died four days later.Deteriorating and making worse
(Definition of lapse into sth from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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