milk Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “milk” in the English Dictionary

"milk" in British English

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milknoun [U]

uk   us   /mɪlk/
A1 the ​whiteliquidproduced by ​cows, ​goats, and ​sheep and used by ​humans as a ​drink or for making ​butter, ​cheese, etc.: a glass/​carton of milk cow's/goat's milk skimmed/​pasteurized milk a milk bottle the ​whiteliquidproduced by women and other ​femalemammals as ​food for ​theiryoung: Breast/Mother's milk is the ​bestnourishment for a ​baby. the ​whiteliquidproduced by some ​plants and ​trees: coconut milk
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milkverb

uk   us   /mɪlk/

milk verb (GET MILK)

[I or T] to get milk from an ​animal: Milking a ​cow by ​hand is a ​skilledprocess. Some ​goatsseem to milk (= ​produce milk)better than ​others.

milk verb (GET MONEY/INFORMATION)

[T] disapproving to get as much ​money or ​information out of someone or something as ​possible, often in an ​unfair or ​dishonest way: [+ obj + adj ] The ​newspapers milked the ​story dry. The ​directors milked the ​company of several million ​dollars.
(Definition of milk from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"milk" in American English

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milknoun [U]

 us   /mɪlk/
the ​whiteliquidproduced esp. by ​cows which ​peopledrink: cookies and milk Milk is also the ​whiteliquidproduced by ​femalemammals as ​food for ​theiryoung: Breast milk is the ​bestnourishment for a ​baby. The ​whiteliquidobtained from some ​plants is also called milk: coconut milk

milkverb [T]

 us   /mɪlk/
To milk something or someone is to get as much from that thing or ​person as ​possible: The ​newspapers milked the ​storydry.
(Definition of milk from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"milk" in Business English

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milkverb [T]

uk   us   /mɪlk/ disapproving
to get as much ​money or ​information from someone or something as possible or as much ​advantage from a ​situation as possible: milk sb for sth The ​supermarket has been ​accused of milking ​suppliers for as much ​money as they can. If the ​press hear about this, they will milk the story for weeks.
(Definition of milk from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “milk”
in Korean 우유…
in Arabic حَليب…
in Malaysian susu…
in French lait…
in Russian молоко…
in Chinese (Traditional) 奶, 牛奶, 羊奶…
in Italian latte…
in Turkish süt…
in Polish mleko…
in Spanish leche…
in Vietnamese sữa…
in Portuguese leite…
in Thai น้ำนม…
in German die Milch…
in Catalan llet…
in Japanese ミルク…
in Chinese (Simplified) 奶, 牛奶, 羊奶…
in Indonesian susu…
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