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Meaning of “litter” in the English Dictionary

"litter" in British English

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litternoun

uk   /ˈlɪt.ər/  us   /ˈlɪt̬.ɚ/

litterverb

uk   /ˈlɪt.ər/  us   /ˈlɪt̬.ɚ/
[T] to ​spreadacross an ​area or ​placeuntidily: The ​park was littered withbottles 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 ​spellingmistakes. [I] to ​droprubbish on the ​ground in a ​publicplace: 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 ​smallobjects that have been ​thrown out and are ​left on the ​ground in ​publicplaces
  • litter noun (YOUNG ANIMALS)

[C] a ​group of ​animalsborn at the same ​time and having the same ​mother

litterverb [T]

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

to ​throwpieces of ​paper and other ​smallobjects on the ​ground in ​publicplaces: The ​park was littered with ​bottles and ​sodacans after the ​concert.
(Definition of litter from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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