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Definition of cascade verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    cascade

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//kæˈskeɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kæˈskeɪd//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cascade
    BrE BrE//kæˈskeɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kæˈskeɪd//
     
    he / she / it cascades
    BrE BrE//kæˈskeɪdz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kæˈskeɪdz//
     
    past simple cascaded
    BrE BrE//kæˈskeɪdɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kæˈskeɪdɪd//
     
    past participle cascaded
    BrE BrE//kæˈskeɪdɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kæˈskeɪdɪd//
     
    -ing form cascading
    BrE BrE//kæˈskeɪdɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kæˈskeɪdɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] + adv./prep. to flow downwards in large amounts Water cascaded down the mountainside.
  2. 2[intransitive] + adv./prep. (formal) to fall or hang in large amounts Blonde hair cascaded over her shoulders.
  3. 3[transitive, intransitive] to pass information, knowledge, etc. to a person or group so that they can pass it on to others; to be passed on in this way cascade something (to somebody) Managers cascade training to the health workers on how to enrol women into the study. cascade to somebody It is vital to ensure these values cascade to all employees.
  4. 4[transitive] cascade something to arrange a number of devices or objects in a series Up to four units can be cascaded.
  5. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from French, from Italian cascata, from cascare ‘to fall’, based on Latin casus ‘fall’, related to cadere ‘to fall’.
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