Meaning of “bleat” in the English Dictionary

"bleat" in British English

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bleatverb [ I ]

uk /bliːt/ us /bliːt/

When a sheep or goat bleats, it makes the typical sound of these animals.

informal to complain in an annoying way:

She's always bleating (on) about how badly she's been treated.
noun [ C ] uk us

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

"bleat" in American English

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bleatverb [ I ]

us /blit/

to produce the sound made by a sheep or goat:

The brass section bleated like goats with bad colds.
noun [ C ] us /blit/

We could hear the bleat of sheep in the meadow.

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