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lag

verb     /læɡ/ (-gg-)
[I or T] to not make as much progress as other people or things: lag behind sb/sth Business leaders in the UK still lag behind their European counterparts in foreign language skills .lag well/far behind As usual we lag far behind the rest of the world in this matter . They continue to lag their competitors in most areas of the business .
[I] to move or make progress more slowly than usual , or to change later than something else changes : Business had improved considerably after lagging last year . There has been an upturn in business travel , but hotel prices are still lagging.
(Definition of lag verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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