Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “lag”

See all translations

lag

verb uk   /læɡ/ (-gg-) us  

lag verb (MOVE SLOWLY)

[I] to move or make progress so slowly that you are behind other people or things: He's lagging behind - I think we'd better wait for him to catch us up. Sales are lagging at the moment.

lag verb (COVER)

[T] to cover something with a thick layer of material in order to stop heat from escaping or to stop water from freezing: to lag pipes

lag verb (PRISON)

[T] Australian English informal to send someone to prison or to arrest someone

lag

noun [C] uk   /læɡ/ us  

lag noun [C] (DELAY)

a delay between two things happening: You have to allow for a time lag between order and delivery.

lag noun [C] (PRISONER)

UK old-fashioned informal a prisoner or a person who has often been a prisoner in the past: an old lag
(Definition of lag from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of lag?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “lag”

Definitions of “lag” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

escapism

a way of avoiding an unpleasant or boring life, especially by thinking, reading, etc. about more exciting but impossible activities

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

showrooming noun

February 23, 2015
the activity of examining a product in a physical store and then making the purchase with an online retailer Amazon’s new smartphone is specifically designed to make showrooming fast and easy.

Read More