lapse into - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
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

    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
See also main entry: lapse