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English definition of “litter”

litter

noun uk   /ˈlɪt.ər/ us    /ˈlɪt̬.ɚ/

litter noun (RUBBISH)

B2 [U] small pieces of rubbish that have been left lying on the ground in public places: About two percent of fast-food packaging ends up as litter.

litter noun (BABY ANIMALS)

[C, + sing/pl verb] a group of animals that are born at the same time and have the same mother: a litter of kittens

litter noun (BED)

[U] dried grass or plant stems used by animals as a bed

litter noun (ANIMAL TOILET)

[U] a substance that is put in a container to be used as a toilet by pets: cat/pet litter

litter

verb 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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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