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English definition of “plague”

plague

verb [T] uk   /pleɪɡ/ us  
C2 to cause worry, pain, or difficulty to someone or something over a period of time: Financial problems have been plaguing their new business partners. My shoulder's been plaguing me all week.Causing feelings of anger and displeasure to annoy someone, especially by asking repeated questions: The children plagued him with questions all through lunch. He's been plaguing me for a loan of the book.Causing feelings of anger and displeasure

plague

noun [C or U] uk   /pleɪɡ/ us  
C2 bubonic plague, or any serious disease that kills many peopleFevers and infectious diseasesColds and flu a plague of sth a large number of things that are unpleasant or likely to cause damage: a plague of insectshumorous A plague of journalists descended on the town.Difficult things and peoplePreventing and impeding
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