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"bleak" in British English

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bleakadjective

uk   us   /bliːk/
C2 If a ​place is bleak, it is ​empty, and not ​welcoming or ​attractive: The ​housestands on a bleak, ​windswepthilltop. Bleak ​weather is ​cold and ​unpleasant.C2 If a ​situation is bleak, there is little or no ​hope for the ​future: The ​economic outlook is bleak.
bleakness
noun [U] uk   us   /ˈbliːk.nəs/
(Definition of bleak from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bleak" in American English

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bleakadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /blik/
(esp. of a ​place or the ​weather) ​cold and not ​welcoming: It was a bleak, ​unpleasantday in ​December. Bleak also ​means without ​hope: With no ​job, the ​futurelooked bleak.
(Definition of bleak from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bleak" in Business English

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bleakadjective

uk   us   /bliːk/
not giving much hope for the future: Their ​long-term prospects appear bleak. In a bleak ​assessment of the coming months, they said ​marketconditions were almost ​certain to remain ​challenging.
(Definition of bleak from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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