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English definition of “trough”


noun [C]     /trɒf/
a situation in which something has reached its lowest level , price , etc. before going up again: Your monthly payments will smooth over any peaks and troughs in the price of the shares . Growth in services slowed to its lowest since the trough of the recession .
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