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phonetic

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adjective pho·net·ic \fə-ˈne-tik\

Simple Definition of phonetic

  • : of or relating to spoken language, speech sounds, or the science of phonetics

  • : representing each speech sound with a single symbol

  • : using a system of written symbols that represent speech sounds in a way that is very close to how they actually sound

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of phonetic

  1. 1 :  representing the sounds and other phenomena of speech: as a :  constituting an alteration of ordinary spelling that better represents the spoken language, that employs only characters of the regular alphabet, and that is used in a context of conventional spelling b :  representing speech sounds by means of symbols that have one value only c :  employing for speech sounds more than the minimum number of symbols necessary to represent the significant differences in a speaker's speech

  2. 2 a :  of or relating to spoken language or speech sounds b :  of or relating to the science of phonetics

phonetically play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of phonetic in a sentence

  1. the phonetic units of a language

  2. This dictionary uses the International Phonetic Alphabet.

  3. Spanish is a more phonetic language than English.



Origin of phonetic

New Latin phoneticus, from Greek phōnētikos, from phōnein to sound with the voice, from phōnē voice


First Known Use: 1803

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PHONETIC Defined for Kids

phonetic

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adjective pho·net·ic \fə-ˈne-tik\

Definition of phonetic for Students

  1. :  of or relating to spoken language or speech sounds




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phonetic

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adjective pho·net·ic \fə-ˈnet-ik\

Medical Definition of phonetic

  1. 1a:  of or relating to spoken language or speech soundsb:  of or relating to the science of phonetics

  2. 2:  representing the sounds and other phenomena of speech

phonetically \-i-k(ə-)lē\play adverb



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