lag Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “lag” in the English Dictionary

"lag" in British English

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uk   us   /læɡ/ (-gg-)

lag verb (MOVE SLOWLY)

[I] to ​move or make ​progress so ​slowly that you are behind other ​people or things: He's lagging behind - I ​think we'd ​betterwait for him to ​catch us up. Sales are lagging at the ​moment.

lag verb (COVER)

[T] to ​cover something with a ​thicklayer of ​material in ​order to ​stopheat from ​escaping or to ​stopwater from ​freezing: to lag ​pipes

lag verb (PRISON)

[T] Australian English informal to ​send someone to ​prison or to ​arrest someone

lagnoun [C]

uk   us   /læɡ/

lag noun [C] (DELAY)

a ​delay between two things ​happening: You have to ​allow for a ​time lag betweenorder and ​delivery.

lag noun [C] (PRISONER)

UK old-fashioned informal a ​prisoner or a ​person who has often been a ​prisoner in the past: an old lag
(Definition of lag from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"lag" in American English

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lagverb [I]

 us   /læɡ/ (-gg-)
to move or ​advance so ​slowly that you are behind other ​people or things: John’s always lagging behind the ​others in the ​class.

lagnoun [C/U]

 us   /læɡ/
a ​delay in the ​period of ​time in which ​eventshappen: [C] There is often a lag between ​becominginfected and the first ​signs of the ​illness.
(Definition of lag from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"lag" in Business English

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uk   us   /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 ​Europeancounterparts in ​foreignlanguageskills.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 ​businesstravel, but ​hotelprices are still lagging.

lagnoun [C]

uk   us   /læɡ/
a delay between two things ​happening: This can ​mean a lag during ​constructionprojects. Sometimes there would be ​long lag ​times between ​responses.
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(Definition of lag from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “lag”
in Spanish retrasarse, quedarse atrás…
in Vietnamese tụt lại sau…
in Malaysian bergerak perlahan…
in Thai ล่าช้า…
in French traîner derrière…
in German zurückbleiben…
in Chinese (Simplified) 缓慢移动, 掉队,滞后…
in Turkish (iki şey arasındaki) zaman aralığı…
in Russian промежуток времени…
in Indonesian tertinggal…
in Chinese (Traditional) 緩慢移動, 掉隊,滯後…
in Polish opóźnienie…
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