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"relapse" in British English

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relapseverb [I]

uk   /rɪˈlæps/ us   /rɪˈlæps/ formal

relapsenoun [C]

uk   /ˈriː.læps/ us   /ˈriː.læps/ formal
If someone who is getting better after an illness has a relapse, they become ill again: She was looking quite healthy on Friday, but she had/suffered a relapse over the weekend and was taken back into hospital.
(Definition of relapse from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"relapse" in American English

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relapseverb [I]

us   /rɪˈlæps/
to return to a previous bad condition or a worse way of life after making an improvement: She briefly relapsed twice after being released from the hospital.

relapsenoun [C]

us   /rɪˈlæps, ˈri·læps/
(Definition of relapse from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"relapse" in Business English

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relapseverb [I]

uk   /rɪˈlæps/ us  
to get worse after a successful period or after increasing in value: A leading commodities analyst said it thought economic conditions in the US would relapse in the coming months. If interest rates are set too high, the country may well relapse into recession.

relapsenoun [S]

uk   /rɪˈlæps, ˈriːlæps/ us  
a situation in which something gets worse after a successful period or in which prices go down after increasing in value: Shares of the UK's leading chemicals manufacturer have suffered another relapse in the past week.
(Definition of relapse from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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