Meaning of “lag” in the English Dictionary

"lag" in English

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uk /læɡ/ us /læɡ/ -gg-

lag verb (PRISON)

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

lagnoun [ C ]

uk /læɡ/ us /læɡ/

(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 events happen:

[ C ] There is often a lag between becoming infected 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 /læɡ/ us -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 European counterparts in foreign language skills.
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 business travel, but hotel prices are still lagging.

lagnoun [ C ]

uk /læɡ/ us

a delay between two things happening:

This can mean a lag during construction projects.
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)