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"surge" in British English

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surgenoun [C]

uk   /sɜːdʒ/ us   /sɝːdʒ/
C1 a sudden and great increase: An unexpected surge in electrical power caused the computer to crash. There has been a surge in house prices recently.
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a sudden and great movement forward: At the end of the game, there was a surge of fans onto the field. A tidal surge (= sudden and great rise in the level of the sea) caused severe flooding in coastal areas.
a sudden increase of an emotion: She was overwhelmed by a surge of remorse.

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surgeverb [I]

uk   /sɜːdʒ/ us   /sɝːdʒ/
C1 to increase suddenly and strongly: The company's profits have surged.
to move quickly and powerfully: An angry crowd 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 develop strongly 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 great increase: a surge in sales a surge in the stock market The young American’s victory touched off a surge of interest in golf across the country.

surgeverb [I]

us   /sɜrdʒ/
(of a large group) to move suddenly forward: The crowd surged onto the field after the game ended.
(Definition of surge from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"surge" in Business English

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surgenoun [C]

uk   /sɜːdʒ/ us  
a sudden large increase: surge in sth An unexpected surge in electrical power caused the computer to crash. There has been a surge in house prices recently. The surge in defaults has led to charges the mortgage industry engaged in predatory lending practices.

surgeverb [I]

uk   /sɜːdʒ/ us  
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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“surge” in British English

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