Meaning of “bleak” in the English Dictionary

"bleak" in English

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uk /bliːk/ us /bliːk/

C2 If a place is bleak, it is empty, and not welcoming or attractive:

The house stands on a bleak, windswept hilltop.

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.
noun [ U ] uk /ˈbliːk.nəs/ 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, unpleasant day in December.

Bleak also means without hope:

With no job, the future looked bleak.

(Definition of “bleak” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bleak" in Business English

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uk /bliːk/ us

not giving much hope for the future:

Their long-term prospects appear bleak.
In a bleak assessment of the coming months, they said market conditions were almost certain to remain challenging.

(Definition of “bleak” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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