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relapseverb [I]

 us   /rɪˈlæps/
to ​return to a ​previousbadcondition 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/
the ​return of an ​illnesssufferedpreviously
(Definition of relapse from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"relapse" in British English

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relapseverb [I]

uk   us   /rɪˈlæps/ formal

relapsenoun [C]

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

"relapse" in Business English

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relapseverb [I]

uk   us   /rɪˈlæps/
to get worse after a ​successfulperiod or after ​increasing in ​value: A ​leadingcommoditiesanalyst said it ​thoughteconomicconditions in the US would relapse in the coming months. If ​interestrates are set too high, the country may well relapse into ​recession.

relapsenoun [S]

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