trough Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"trough" in British English

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troughnoun [C]

uk   /trɒf/  us   /trɑːf/

trough noun [C] (CONTAINER)

a ​long, ​narrowcontainer without a ​lid that usually ​holdswater or ​food for ​farmanimals: cows at the ​feeding trough

trough noun [C] (LOW POINT)

a ​lowpoint in a ​regularseries of high and ​lowpoints: Investing ​smallamountsregularly is a good way of ​smoothing out the peaks and troughs of the ​stockmarket. specialized environment (in the ​study of ​weatherpatterns) a ​longarea of ​lowairpressure between two ​areas of high ​airpressure: A trough of ​lowpressure over ​hillyareas will ​bringheavythunderstormsovernight.

troughverb

uk   /trɒf/  us   /trɑːf/ informal

trough verb (EAT)

[T] UK to ​eat something ​quickly and ​eagerly, ​especially in ​largeamounts: She was ​sitting there troughing ​chocolate.

trough verb (LOW LEVEL)

[I] to ​reach a ​lowlevel, ​price, etc. before going up again: The ​economy troughed six ​months ago and is now ​growing again.
trougher
noun [C] uk   us   UK informal
someone who ​eats a lot of ​food very ​quickly
(Definition of trough from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"trough" in American English

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troughnoun [C]

 us   /trɔf/

trough noun [C] (CONTAINER)

a ​narrow, ​openbox to ​holdwater or ​food for ​animals

trough noun [C] (LOW POINT)

a ​lowpoint between two high ​points, as on a graph or ​record of ​activity: Investors have to ​live through ​stockmarket troughs.
(Definition of trough from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"trough" in Business English

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troughnoun [C]

uk   us   /trɒf/
a ​situation in which something has ​reached its ​lowestlevel, ​price, etc. before going up again: Your monthly ​payments will ​smooth over any peaks and troughs in the ​price of the ​shares. Growth in ​servicesslowed to its ​lowest since the trough of the ​recession.

troughverb [I]

uk   us   /trɒf/ informal
to ​reach a ​lowlevel, ​price, etc. before going up again: The ​economy troughed six months ago and is now ​growing again.
(Definition of trough from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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