Definition of bleat verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    bleat

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//bliːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bliːt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bleat
    BrE BrE//bliːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bliːt//
     
    he / she / it bleats
    BrE BrE//bliːts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bliːts//
     
    past simple bleated
    BrE BrE//ˈbliːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbliːtɪd//
     
    past participle bleated
    BrE BrE//ˈbliːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbliːtɪd//
     
    -ing form bleating
    BrE BrE//ˈbliːtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbliːtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] to make the sound that sheep and goats make
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] bleat (on) (about something) | bleat that… | + speech to speak in a weak or complaining voice ‘But I've only just got here,’ he bleated feebly.
  3. Word Origin Old English blǣtan, of imitative origin.

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