milkmilk1 /mɪlk/ ●●●S2W3 noun1DFD[uncountable] a white liquid produced by cows or goats that is drunk by peoplea bottle of milkWould you like some milk in your tea?a pint of semi-skimmed milk2MBDHB[uncountable] a white liquid produced by female animals and women for feeding their babiesmothers who believe that breast milk is best for their babiesThe tiny fox cubs drink nothing but their mother’s milk.3HBP[uncountable] a liquid or juice produced by particular plants, especially the coconut4[countable, uncountable] a thin white liquid used to clean or protectskin syn lotiona mild facial cleansing milk5 →the milk of human kindness →evaporated milk, → cry over spilt milkat cry1(3), → land of milk and honeyat land1(8)COLLOCATIONSverbsdrink milkDrinking milk keeps your bones strong.have/take milk (=drink milk in your tea or coffee)Do you take milk in your coffee?pour milkShe poured some milk into a saucepan.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + milk sour (=not fresh)Milk turns sour very quickly in hot weather.freshShe made me drink a glass of fresh milk.coldI can only drink milk if it’s really cold.hot/warmCan I have a cup of warm milk please?pasteurized (=milk that has been heated to kill harmful bacteria)a type of cheese made from pasteurized milkhomogenized (=milk that has had the cream mixed into the milk)Most milk sold in stores is homogenized milk.whole milk (also full-fat milk British English) (=milk that has not had any fat taken out)The ice cream is made from whole milk.semi-skimmed milk British English (also low-fat milk) (=milk that has had some of the fat taken out)Adults should drink semi-skimmed milk rather than whole milk.skimmed milk British English, skim milk/nonfat milk American English (=milk that has had all the fat taken out)a bowl of cereal with skim milklong-life milk British English (=specially treated milk that you can keep for a long time)I’ve got a carton of long-life milk in the cupboard.powdered milk (also dry milk American English)Powdered milk is useful for camping trips.baby/formula milk (=milk in powder form for babies)Many babies are fed formula milk.milk + NOUNmilk bottlePut the empty milk bottles into the crates.milk carton (=a plastic or cardboard container in which milk is sold)containers such as milk cartons and soap powder boxesmilk jugShe put the butter, jam and milk jug on the table.milk powderhot water mixed with milk powderphrasesa glass of milkWould you like a glass of milk?a bottle of milkI accidentally knocked over a bottle of milk.a pint of milkI need to buy a pint of milk.
milkmilk2 verb [transitive]1informalUSE something to get as much money or as many advantages as you can from a situation, in a very determined and sometimesdishonest waymilk somebody/something for somethingTheir landlord regularly milks them for extra money by claiming for damage to his property.He seems to be milking the incident for all it’s worth (=getting as much from it as possible).2HBAto take milk from a cow or goatI helped to milk the cows. —milking noun [uncountable]They had risen at 5.30 to do the milking.→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
milk• The endemic hypochondria of the Texans was milked by a plethora of expensiveclinics which most of them attended.• As Jinny milked on, her thoughtsfloated vaguely, in the way that was one of the pleasures of the job.• And it has fueled the pens of editorialcartoonists, who have milked the story for all its satirical potential.From Longman Business Dictionarymilkmilk /mɪlk/ verb [transitive] informalto get as much as you can from someone or from a situation, in a very determined and sometimes dishonest waymilk somebody/something for somethingThe cable companies will be able to milk subscribers for even more money.→ See Verb table