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“trough” in British English

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troughnoun [ C ]

uk /trɒf/ us /trɑːf/

troughverb

uk /trɒf/ us /trɑːf/ informal

(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, open box to hold water or food for animals

trough noun [ C ] (LOW POINT)

a low point between two high points, as on a graph or record of activity:

Investors have to live through stock market troughs.

(Definition of “trough” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“trough” in Business English

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troughnoun [ C ]

uk /trɒf/ us

a situation in which something has reached its lowest level, price, etc. before going up again:

Your monthly payments will smooth over any peaks and troughs in the price of the shares.
Growth in services slowed to its lowest since the trough of the recession.

troughverb [ I ]

uk /trɒf/ us informal

to reach a low level, 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)