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Definition of bark verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bark
    he / she / it barks
    past simple barked
    -ing form barking
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  1. 1[intransitive] bark (at somebody/something) when a dog barks, it makes a short loud sound The dog suddenly started barking at us.
  2. 2[transitive] to give orders, ask questions, etc. in a loud, unfriendly way bark out something She barked out an order. bark something (at somebody) He barked questions at her. + speech “Who are you?” he barked.
  3. Idioms
    be barking up the wrong tree (informal)
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    to have the wrong idea about how to get or achieve something You're barking up the wrong tree if you think we'd lend you money again.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: bark