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bleak (adj) (of climate/weather) unfavorable; cold and windy; (of a situation) gloomy and unhopeful; not encouraging; (of a place) bare and unattractive.
If a day is a cold and windy, and so, very uncomfortable, it is a bleak day. A very cold day with no sign of warmth is a bleak day. If the present situation is bad and if there are no signs of improvement, the situation is bleak. When a person has no money and if there appear no chances of their getting money, their situation is bleak. If a patient's condition is bad and if they may not recover, the situation is bleak. The situation in countries like Ethiopia is very bleak, with famine all over, and with no prospect of better days. A place is bleak if it is bare of anything that can make it look attractive. A bleak concrete building is a plain building with no attractive features about it.
- The future for coal industry appears very bleak with the switching over of a number of industries to hydroelectricity and nuclear power.
- Having lost his job, and with no likelihood of his getting a job in the near future, and with little savings, Jeff's situation is quite bleak.
- With the advent of satellite television, and home entertainment facilities, the outlook for film industry is very bleak, with many studios and theatres facing closure.
- The climate of planet Pluto, on the outermost orbit among the planets from the sun is very bleak, as it is too far off from the sun to receive any light and warmth.