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Princeton's WordNet

  1. black, bleak, dimadjective

    offering little or no hope

    "the future looked black"; "prospects were bleak"; "Life in the Aran Islands has always been bleak and difficult"- J.M.Synge; "took a dim view of things"

  2. bare, barren, bleak, desolate, starkadjective

    providing no shelter or sustenance

    "bare rocky hills"; "barren lands"; "the bleak treeless regions of the high Andes"; "the desolate surface of the moon"; "a stark landscape"

  3. bleak, cutting, rawadjective

    unpleasantly cold and damp

    "bleak winds of the North Atlantic"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BLEAKadjective

    Etymology: blac, blæc, Saxon.

    Intreat the north
    To make his bleak winds kiss my parched lips,
    And comfort me with cold. William Shakespeare, King John.

    The goddess that in rural shrine
    Dwell’st here with Pan, or Sylvan, by blest song
    Forbidding every bleak unkindly fog
    To touch the prosperous growth of this tall wood. John Milton.

    Her desolation presents us with nothing but bleak and barren prospects. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 477.

    Say, will ye bless the bleak Atlantick shore,
    Or bid the furious Gaul be rude no more. Alexander Pope.

  2. Bleaknoun

    A small river fish.

    Etymology: from his white or bleak colour.

    The bleak, or freshwater sprat, is ever in motion, and therefore called by some the river swallow. His back is a pleasant, sad sea water green; his belly white and shining like the mountain snow. Bleaks are excellent meat, and in best season in August. Izaak Walton, Angler.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bleakadjective

    without color; pale; pallid

  2. Bleakadjective

    desolate and exposed; swept by cold winds

  3. Bleakadjective

    cold and cutting; cheerless; as, a bleak blast

  4. Bleakadjective

    a small European river fish (Leuciscus alburnus), of the family Cyprinidae; the blay

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bleak

    blēk, adj. colourless: dull and cheerless: cold, unsheltered.—adv. Bleak′ly.—n. Bleak′ness. [A.S. blæc, blâc, pale, shining; a different word from blac (without accent), black. The root is blican, to shine.]

  2. Bleak

    blēk, n. a small white river-fish.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. bleak

    The Leuciscus alburnus of naturalists, and the fresh-water sprat of Isaak Walton. The name of this fish is from the Anglo-Saxon blican, owing to its shining whiteness--its lustrous scales having long been used in the manufacture of false pearls.

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  1. Blake

  2. Kaleb

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bleak in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bleak in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of bleak in a Sentence

  1. Hussain Monguno:

    Are these girls going to be collateral damage? It is very, very sad, as the days go by, the possibility of getting them back becomes very bleak.

  2. Kwesi Nyantakyi:

    I think that we in Africa would have done better at the world (soccer) stage if we had not allowed people to infiltrate the camps of football setting, if you had people who will sit down and fix a match and determine what the outcome will be, that is not fair to African football. If referees can sell yellow card, sell red card, sell goals, then you're looking at a very bleak future of African football.

  3. Tom Milliken:

    The world is watching especially those destination countries whose demand drives the trade — Viet Nam and China. There is an urgent need to implement the full provisions of the measures agreed by CITES Parties and to close those cross-border markets in Viet Nam that service Chinese consumers, failure to do so means the future outlook for Africa’s rhinos remains very bleak.

  4. Sarah Silverman:

    But I will say—and I hope this is OK to say—that after I did that [monologue], he called me. And he said it really helped one of his daughters to understand. She showed it to him and she said, I can love you even though you did bad things. And we cried. It was a small silver lining in a very bleak story.

  5. Chris Bloomer:

    The potential for new major pipeline development in Canada is bleak with the Senate's passing of Bill C-69. Canada is sending mixed messages that will send critical investment capital elsewhere.

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  • كئيبArabic
  • мрачен, безрадостен, уклей, безцветен, открит, блескач, блед, голBulgarian
  • farblos, Laube, ungeschützt, ausgeblichen, Ukelei, trostlos, desolat, trübe, freudlos, kahl, karg, düster, bleich, ödeGerman
  • σίρκο, άθλιος, άχρωμος, θλιβερός, έρημος, άχαρος, ψυχρόςGreek
  • desolado, alegría, amargado, albur, yermo, color, pálidoSpanish
  • kahvatu, plass, viidikas, kaameEstonian
  • غم افزاPersian
  • paljas, salakka, kolkko, kalpea, synkkä, karuFinnish
  • abletteFrench
  • lom, gruamachScottish Gaelic
  • meaylManx
  • sivárHungarian
  • alburno, infelice, triste, pallido, incolore, desolato, misero, alborellaItalian
  • უფერული, ფერმკრთალიGeorgian
  • AalbesLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • vīķeLatvian
  • desolaat, guur, bleek, bliek, kleurloos, vreugdeloosDutch
  • dysterNorwegian
  • uklejaPolish
  • alburnete, desanimado, pálido, desolado, pálidaPortuguese
  • бесцветный, безрадостный, уклейка, бледный, открытый, незащищённый, мрачный, голыйRussian
  • uklijaSerbo-Croatian
  • färglös, blek, dyster, löjaSwedish
  • solgun, soluk, renksizTurkish
  • تاریکUrdu

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    To cause to become
    • A. render
    • B. efface
    • C. abash
    • D. transpire

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