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"suck" in British English

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suckverb

uk   us   /sʌk/
  • suck verb (PULL IN)

C2 [I or T] to ​pull in ​liquid or ​air through ​yourmouth without using ​yourteeth, or to ​move the ​tongue and ​muscles of the ​mouth around something inside ​yourmouth, often in ​order to ​dissolve it: She was ​sitting on the ​grass sucking ​lemonade through a ​straw. I sucked my thumb until I was seven. I ​tried sucking (on) a ​mint to ​stop myself ​coughing. [T + adv/prep] Something that sucks a ​liquid or an ​object in a ​particulardirectionpulls it with ​greatforce: The ​waves came ​crashing over my ​head and I could ​feel myself being sucked under by the ​currents.figurative Continued ​rapidgrowth in ​consumerspending will suck in (= ​encourage) more ​imports.

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sucknoun [C usually singular]

uk   us   /sʌk/
the ​action of sucking something: Can I have a suck of ​yourlollipop, ​please?
(Definition of suck from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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suckverb

 us   /sʌk/
  • suck verb (PULL IN)

[I/T] to ​pullliquid or ​air into ​yourmouth without using ​yourteeth, or to move the ​tongue and ​muscles of the ​mouth around something inside ​yourmouth, often in ​order to ​dissolve it: [T] The two-year-old sucked his ​thumb. [I] Sometimes a ​baby will ​hold the ​pacifier in her ​mouth without really sucking. [I/T] We were all sucking (on) ​lollipops. [I/T] Something that sucks something in a ​particulardirectionpulls it with ​greatforce: [T] The ​vacuumcleaner sucks ​dirt into a ​disposablebag.
  • suck verb (BE BAD)

[I] slang to be ​bad or ​worthless: We all ​thought the ​movie sucked.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of suck from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “suck”
in Korean 빨다…
in Arabic يَرْشُف, يَمُصّ…
in Malaysian menyedut, menghisap, memuakkan…
in French téter, boire, sucer…
in Russian сосать…
in Chinese (Traditional) 吸入, 吸, 吮吸…
in Italian succhiare, ciucciare…
in Turkish emmek…
in Polish ssać…
in Spanish mamar, chupar, sorber…
in Vietnamese hút, mút, bú…
in Portuguese sugar, chupar…
in Thai ดูด, อม, แย่มาก…
in German saugen, lutschen, einsaugen…
in Catalan xuclar…
in Japanese ~をしゃぶる, なめる, 吸う…
in Chinese (Simplified) 吸入, 吸, 吮吸…
in Indonesian menyedot, mengulum, mengisap…
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