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bitter

adjective uk   /ˈbɪt.ər/ us    /ˈbɪt̬.ɚ/

bitter adjective (ANGRY)

B2 Someone who is bitter is angry and unhappy because they cannot forget bad things that happened in the past: I feel very bitter about my childhood and all that I went through. She'd suffered terribly over the years but it hadn't made her bitter.B2 A bitter experience causes deep pain or anger: Failing the final exams was a bitter disappointment for me. She learned through bitter experience that he was not to be trusted.B2 expressing a lot of hate and anger: a bitter fight/argument bitter recriminations He gave me a bitter look.
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bitter adjective (TASTE)

B1 with an unpleasantly sharp taste: a bitter flavour/taste/liquid
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bitter adjective (COLD)

B2 Bitter weather is extremely cold, especially in a way that causes physical pain: a bitter wind Wrap up warmly - it's bitter outside.

bitter

noun [U] uk   /ˈbɪt.ər/ us    /ˈbɪt̬.ɚ/
UK a type of dark brown beer with a bitter taste: a pint of bitter
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bitters a strong, bitter alcoholic drink made from spices and plant products that is mixed with other alcoholic drinks
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