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"litter" in British English

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litternoun

uk   /ˈlɪt.ər/  us   /ˈlɪt̬.ɚ/

litterverb

uk   /ˈlɪt.ər/  us   /ˈlɪt̬.ɚ/
[T] to spread across an area or place untidily: The park was littered with bottles and cans after the concert. Dirty clothes littered the floor of her bedroom.
be littered with sth
A place, document, or other object that is littered with something has or contains a lot of that thing: The newspaper has a reputation for being littered with spelling mistakes.
[I] to drop rubbish on the ground in a public place: People who litter often have no pride in the area.
(Definition of litter from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"litter" in American English

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litternoun

 us   /ˈlɪt̬·ər/
  • litter noun (WASTE)

[U] pieces of paper and other small objects that have been thrown out and are left on the ground in public places
  • litter noun (YOUNG ANIMALS)

[C] a group of animals born at the same time and having the same mother

litterverb [T]

 us   /ˈlɪt̬·ər/
  • litter verb [T] (THROW WASTE)

to throw pieces of paper and other small objects on the ground in public places: The park was littered with bottles and soda cans after the concert.
(Definition of litter from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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