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English definition of “relapse”


noun [S]     /rɪˈlæps, ˈriːlæps/
a situation in which something gets worse after a successful period or in which prices go down after increasing in value: Shares of the UK's leading chemicals manufacturer have suffered another relapse in the past week.
(Definition of relapse noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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