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verb [transitive]     plague pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleplaguing
past tenseplagued
past participleplagued
  1. 1
    [usually passive] to cause a lot of problems for someone or something for a long period of time

    The east coast has been plagued by blizzards for most of this month.

  2. 2
    to annoy someone all the time by doing something or by asking for something

    telephone sales people who plague our lives

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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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