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noun [countable] bulge pronunciation in British English /bʌldʒ/ 
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pluralbulges

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  1. 1
    a shape that curves outwards on the surface of something, often made by something under it or inside it

    She was only three months pregnant but already had a slight bulge.

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  2. 2
    an increase in something, especially a temporary one or one that is not too serious

    More convictions are leading to a bulge in the prison population.

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