\ ə-ˈlau̇d How to pronounce aloud (audio) \

Definition of aloud

1 : with the speaking voice in a way that can be clearly heard She read the story aloud.
2 archaic : in a loud manner : loudly

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Synonyms & Antonyms for aloud


audibly, out, out loud


inaudibly, silently, soundlessly, voicelessly

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Examples of aloud in a Sentence

the mischievous teacher likes to call on the sleepiest-looking students to read aloud from the textbook

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With the mellow music and a nice prayer to read aloud, everyone will be in the holiday spirit in no time. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "40 Best Thanksgiving Songs to Play on Turkey Day," 29 July 2019 Pelosi said after reading aloud legal advice for undocumented immigrants. Jasmine Aguilera, Time, "President Trump Confirmed ICE Raids Are Starting This Sunday. Here's What We Know So Far," 12 July 2019 Shanann’s brother, Frankie Rzucek, wrote in a letter read aloud at his sister’s funeral. Jeff Truesdell,, "Nearly a Year After She Was Murdered by Her Dad, Today Would Have Been Celeste Watts’ 4th Birthday," 17 July 2019 Conspiracy theories abounded across Chinese cyberspace, with some commentators wondering aloud if Liang and Xie were members of a cult -- based on certain images and seemingly odd content posted by Liang. Steven Jiang, CNN, "Missing 9-year-old girl, whose disappearance gripped China, found dead," 15 July 2019 At schools using these new curricula, all students grapple with the same texts, some of which are read aloud by teachers. Natalie Wexler, The Atlantic, "Elementary Education Has Gone Terribly Wrong," 9 July 2019 Also on this day: 1776: The Declaration of Independence is read aloud to Gen. George Washington's troops in New York. Fox News, "This Day in History: July 9," 9 July 2019 In 1776, the Declaration of Independence was read aloud to General George Washington’s troops in New York., "This day in history," 9 July 2019 On July 9, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was read aloud to Gen. George Washington’s troops in New York., "Fatal hit-and-run, consequences for Oregon senator’s threats: Morning Briefing for Tuesday, July 9," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of aloud

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for aloud

Middle English, from a- entry 1 + loud

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English Language Learners Definition of aloud

: in a way that can be clearly heard : in a voice that can be heard


\ ə-ˈlau̇d How to pronounce aloud (audio) \

Kids Definition of aloud

: in a voice that can be clearly heard read aloud

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