Meaning of “bubble” in the English Dictionary

"bubble" in British English

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uk /ˈbʌb.əl/ us /ˈbʌb.əl/

bubble noun (AIR BALL)

C1 [ C ] a ball of gas that appears in a liquid, or a ball formed of air surrounded by liquid that floats in the air:

As water begins to boil, bubbles rise to the surface.
I love champagne - I think it's the bubbles that make it so good.

More examples

  • soap bubbles
  • Emily was blowing bubbles in the garden.
  • The bubbles from the champagne went up my nose and made me sneeze.
  • The kids like bubbles in their bath.
  • She watched as, one by one, the bubbles popped.

bubble noun (PROTECTED LIFE)

[ C ] a situation in which you only experience things that you expect or find easy to deal with, for example opinions you agree with, or people who are similar to you:

The candidate liked to talk to ordinary people to get a fix on what was happening outside his bubble.
On social media we all tend to live in our bubbles, where everyone feels the same way we do.

bubbleverb [ I ]

uk /ˈbʌb.əl/ us /ˈbʌb.əl/

(Definition of “bubble” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bubble" in American English

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bubblenoun [ C ]

us /ˈbʌb·əl/

a ball of air in a liquid or on its surface, or in the air:

When water begins to boil, small bubbles form around the edge of the pot.

bubbleverb [ I ]

us /ˈbʌb·əl/

to produce bubbles:

The water in the pot began to bubble.
fig. We were bubbling with excitement as we watched the Olympic flame being lit.

Phrasal verb(s)

(Definition of “bubble” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bubble" in Business English

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bubblenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbʌbl/ us ECONOMICS

a temporary period when a lot of people invest in a stock, property, or a product that becomes much more expensive than its real value:

After the tech bubble burst, few investors were willing to put their money into developing companies.

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)