Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “trickle-down”

See all translations

trickle-down

adjective [before noun] uk   /ˌtrɪk.l̩ˈdaʊn/ us  
used to refer to a situation in which something that starts in the high parts of a system spreads to the whole of the system: The supposed trickle-down effect of lower taxes for the rich has not yet resulted in greater prosperity for society as a whole.
Translations of “trickle-down”
in Chinese (Traditional) 滴入式的,涓滴式的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 滴入式的,涓滴式的…
(Definition of trickle-down from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of trickle-down?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “trickle-down” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

comma

the symbol , used in writing to separate parts of a sentence showing a slight pause, or to separate the single things in a list

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More