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"stalk" in British English

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stalknoun [C]

uk   /stɔːk/  us   /stɑːk/
the ​mainstem of a ​plant, or the ​narrowstem that ​joinsleaves, ​flowers, or ​fruit to the ​mainstem of a ​plant: She ​trimmed the stalks of the ​tulips before putting them in a ​vase. a ​narrowstructure that ​supports a ​part of the ​body in some ​animals: The ​eyes of ​shrimps are on ​movable stalks.

stalkverb

uk   /stɔːk/  us   /stɑːk/
  • stalk verb (FOLLOW)

[T] to ​follow an ​animal or ​person as ​closely as ​possible without being ​seen or ​heard, usually in ​order to ​catch or ​kill them: The ​police had been stalking the woman for a ​week before they ​arrested her. [I or T] to ​illegallyfollow and ​watch someone over a ​period of ​time: He had stalked her for several ​months before he was ​arrested. He was ​arrested for stalking. [T] literary If something ​unpleasant stalks a ​place, it ​appears there in a ​threatening way: When ​nightfalls, ​danger stalks the ​streets of the ​city.
(Definition of stalk from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"stalk" in American English

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stalknoun [C]

 us   /stɔk/
  • stalk noun [C] (PLANT PART)

any ​stem on a ​plant, esp. the ​mainstem: Cynthia says those ​flowers have ​prettytall stalks.

stalkverb

 us   /stɔk/
  • stalk verb (FOLLOW)

[T] to ​follow an ​animal or ​person as ​closely as ​possible without being ​seen or ​heard: He ​spent the ​weekend stalking ​deer to ​photograph them. Celebrities are often stalked by photographers and ​reporters.
  • stalk verb (WALK)

[I always + adv/prep] to ​walk in an ​angry or ​proud way: She didn’t say anything but stalked ​furiously out of the ​room.
(Definition of stalk from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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