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English definition of “bleat”


verb [I]     /bliːt/
When a sheep or goat bleats, it makes the typical sound of these animals.Animal (non-human) sounds informal to complain in an annoying way: She's always bleating (on) about how badly she's been treated.Complaining bleat     noun [C] Animal (non-human) sounds
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