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Meaning of “surge” in the English Dictionary

"surge" in British English

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surgenoun [C]

uk   /sɜːdʒ/  us   /sɝːdʒ/
C1 a ​sudden and ​greatincrease: An ​unexpected surge inelectricalpowercaused the ​computer to ​crash. There has been a surge inhousepricesrecently.
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a ​sudden and ​greatmovementforward: At the end of the ​game, there was a surge offans onto the ​field. A tidal surge (= ​sudden and ​greatrise in the ​level of the ​sea)causedsevereflooding in ​coastalareas. a ​suddenincrease of an ​emotion: She was ​overwhelmed by a surge ofremorse.

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surgeverb [I]

uk   /sɜːdʒ/  us   /sɝːdʒ/
C1 to ​increasesuddenly and ​strongly: The company's ​profits have surged. to ​movequickly and ​powerfully: An ​angrycrowd surged through the ​gates of the president's ​palace. A few ​metres before the end of the ​race, Jenkins surged into the ​lead. (of an ​emotion) to ​developstrongly and ​quickly: She ​felt a ​wave of ​resentment surging (up) inside her.

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

"surge" in American English

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surgenoun [C]

 us   /sɜrdʒ/
a ​sudden and ​greatincrease: a surge in ​sales a surge in the ​stockmarket The ​young American’s ​victorytouched off a surge of ​interest in ​golfacross the ​country.

surgeverb [I]

 us   /sɜrdʒ/
(of a ​largegroup) to move ​suddenlyforward: The ​crowd surged onto the ​field after the ​gameended.
(Definition of surge from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"surge" in Business English

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surgenoun [C]

uk   us   /sɜːdʒ/
a sudden large ​increase: surge in sth An unexpected surge in ​electricalpower caused the ​computer to ​crash. There has been a surge in ​houseprices recently. The surge in ​defaults has ​led to ​charges the ​mortgageindustryengaged in ​predatorylendingpractices.

surgeverb [I]

uk   us   /sɜːdʒ/
to ​increase suddenly and by a large ​amount: The company's ​profits have surged.surge ahead/forward The eurozone ​economy surged ​ahead in the second ​quarter.
(Definition of surge from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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