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bubblenoun

uk   us   /ˈbʌb.l̩/
  • bubble noun (AIR BALL)

C1 [C] a ​ball of ​gas that ​appears in a ​liquid, or a ​ballformed of ​airsurrounded by ​liquid that ​floats in the ​air: As ​waterbegins to ​boil, bubbles ​rise to the ​surface. I ​lovechampagne - I ​think it's the bubbles that make it so good.

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  • bubble noun (GOOD PERIOD)

[C usually singular] a ​temporaryperiod of very ​successfuleconomicperformance in ​particular a ​country or sector, often ​followed by ​suddenfailure: Japan's ​economic bubble the ​housing bubble He made millions before the ​dotcom bubble burst.

bubbleverb [I]

uk   us   /ˈbʌb.l̩/
(Definition of bubble from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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bubblenoun [C]

 us   /ˈbʌb·əl/
a ​ball of ​air in a ​liquid or on ​itssurface, or in the ​air: When ​waterbegins to ​boil, ​small bubbles ​form around the ​edge of the ​pot.

bubbleverb [I]

 us   /ˈbʌb·əl/
to ​produce bubbles: The ​water in the ​potbegan to bubble. fig. We were ​bubbling with ​excitement as we ​watched the ​Olympicflame being ​lit.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of bubble from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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bubblenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈbʌbl/ ECONOMICS
a ​temporaryperiod when a lot of ​peopleinvest in a ​stock, ​property, or a ​product that becomes much more ​expensive than its ​realvalue: After the ​tech bubble burst, few ​investors were ​willing to put their ​money into ​developingcompanies.
a ​period of great ​success, which usually ​ends very suddenly: Economists fear that the economic bubble will pop and ​lead to a new ​recession.
(Definition of bubble from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “bubble”
in Korean 거품…
in Arabic فُقّاعة…
in Malaysian buih…
in French bulle…
in Russian пузырь…
in Chinese (Traditional) 氣泡, 泡, 泡沫…
in Italian bolla, bollicina…
in Turkish hava kabarcığı…
in Polish bańka…
in Spanish burbuja…
in Vietnamese bong bóng…
in Portuguese bolha…
in Thai ฟอง…
in German die Blase…
in Catalan bombolla…
in Japanese 泡, 気泡…
in Chinese (Simplified) 气泡, 泡, 泡沫…
in Indonesian gelembung…
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