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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theylapse into
he/she/itlapses into
present participlelapsing into
past tenselapsed into
past participlelapsed into
  1. lapse into something to gradually change to a quieter or less active state
    A hypnotized person lapses into a kind of trance.
    Now it was her turn to lapse into thought.
    1. a.
      to change to a different, less usual, or less helpful way of speaking or behaving, often without realizing it
      The manual occasionally lapses into incomprehensible jargon.
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a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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