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Meaning of “bully” in the English Dictionary

"bully" in British English

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bullynoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈbʊl.i/
C1 someone who ​hurts or ​frightens someone who is ​smaller or less ​powerful, often ​forcing them to do something that they do not ​want to do: You're just a big bully! Teachers usually ​know who the bullies are in a ​class.

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bullyverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈbʊl.i/
C1 to ​hurt or ​frighten someone who is ​smaller or less ​powerful than you, often ​forcing that ​person to do something they do not ​want to do: Our ​surveyindicates that one in four ​children is bullied at ​school. Don't ​let anyone bully you into doing something you don't ​want to do.

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bullying
noun [U] uk   us   /-ɪŋ/
Bullying is a ​problem in many ​schools.
(Definition of bully from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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bullyverb [T]

 us   /ˈbʊl·i/
to ​threaten to ​hurt someone, often ​frightening that ​person into doing something: He ​managed to bully her into giving him her ​car.

bullynoun [U]

 /ˈbʊl·i/
a ​person who threatens to ​hurt someone, often ​forcing that ​person to do something: Teachers usually ​know who the bullies are in a ​class.
(Definition of bully from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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