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"lag" in British English

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lagverb

uk   /læɡ/ us   /læɡ/ -gg-

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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lagverb

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)
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