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adjective British English pronunciation: bleak /bliːk/ 
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adjectivebleak
comparativebleaker
superlativebleakest
  1. 1
    without any reasons to feel happy or hopeful

    Things look very bleak for the team.

    Textile workers face a bleak future.

    paint a bleak picture (=say that the situation is not hopeful):

    The survey paints a bleak picture of an ill and ageing population.

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