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English noun: lag

1. lag (act) the act of slowing down or falling behind

Synonymsretardation, slowdown

Broader (hypernym)delay, holdup

2. lag (time) the time between one event, process, or period and another

SamplesMeanwhile the socialists are running the government.

Synonymsinterim, meantime, meanwhile

Broader (hypernym)interval, time interval

Narrower (hyponym)interregnum

3. lag (artifact) one of several thin slats of wood forming the sides of a barrel or bucket


Broader (hypernym)slat, spline

Part meronymbarrel, cask

English verb: lag

1. lag (motion) hang (back) or fall (behind) in movement, progress, development, etc.

Synonymsdawdle, fall back, fall behind

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)follow

Narrower (hyponym)drag, drop back, drop behind, get behind, hang back, trail

2. lag (social) lock up or confine, in or as in a jail

SamplesThe suspects were imprisoned without trial.
The murderer was incarcerated for the rest of his life.

ExamplesThey want to lag the prisoners

Synonymsgaol, immure, imprison, incarcerate, jail, jug, put away, put behind bars, remand

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)confine, detain

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

3. lag (contact) throw or pitch at a mark, as with coins

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)flip, pitch, sky, toss

4. lag (contact) cover with lagging to prevent heat loss

SamplesLag pipes.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cover

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