"lags" in the noun sense
1. slowdown, lag, retardation
the act of slowing down or falling behind
2. interim, meantime, meanwhile, lag
the time between one event, process, or period and another
"meanwhile the socialists are running the government"
3. stave, lag
one of several thin slats of wood forming the sides of a barrel or bucket
"lags" in the verb sense
1. lag, dawdle, fall back, fall behind
hang (back) or fall (behind) in movement, progress, development, etc.
2. imprison, incarcerate, lag, immure, put behind bars, jail, jug, gaol, put away, remand
lock up or confine, in or as in a jail
"The suspects were imprisoned without trial"
"the murderer was incarcerated for the rest of his life"
throw or pitch at a mark, as with coins
cover with lagging to prevent heat loss
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