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plague

verb [T]  /pleɪɡ/ us  

plague verb [T] (CAUSE DIFFICULTY)

to cause someone or something difficulty or suffering, esp. repeatedly or continually: Financial problems have been plaguing the company. That pain in my shoulder is plaguing me again.

plague

noun [C/U]  /pleɪɡ/ us  

plague noun [C/U] (DISEASE)

a serious disease which kills many peopleThe plague world history The plague refers to a disease that appeared several times in the 14th century and later and that killed more than one third of the people in Europe and many people in Africa and Asia; Black Death . A plague is also a large number of insects or animals which cause damage or unpleasant conditions in an area: [C] Trees throughout the Northeast are being attacked by a plague of gypsy moths.
Translations of “plague”
in Korean 전염병…
in Arabic طاعون…
in French peste, invasion…
in Turkish salgın hastalık…
in Italian peste…
in Chinese (Traditional) 不斷困擾, 折磨, 使受煎熬…
in Russian чума…
in Polish dżuma, plaga…
in Spanish peste, plaga…
in Portuguese peste…
in German die Seuche, die Plage…
in Catalan pesta…
in Japanese ペスト, 疫病…
in Chinese (Simplified) 不断困扰, 折磨, 使受煎熬…
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