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Meaning of “bark” in the English Dictionary

"bark" in British English

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barknoun

uk   /bɑːk/  us   /bɑːrk/

barkverb

uk   /bɑːk/  us   /bɑːrk/
B2 [I] (of a ​dog) to make a ​loud, ​roughnoise: They ​heard a ​dog barking ​outside.C2 [T] to ​shout at someone in a ​forcefulmanner: The ​sergeant barked (out) a ​succession of ​orders to the new ​recruits.

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(Definition of bark from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bark" in American English

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barkverb [I/T]

 us   /bɑrk/
to make the ​loud, ​shortnoise that a ​dog and some other ​animals make: [I] The ​dog barked all ​night. A ​human who barks something ​shouts it ​suddenly and ​strongly: [T] The ​sergeant barked ​orders at his ​troops.

barknoun

 us   /bɑrk/
  • bark noun (TREE)

[U] the hard, ​outercovering of a ​tree
  • bark noun (DOG)

[C] the ​loud, ​shortnoise that a ​dog and some other ​animals make: The ​dog gave two ​loud barks.
(Definition of bark from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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