\ə-ˈlau̇d \

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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Republicans sharply disputed that assessment, with Rep. Darrell Issa later making Strzok read examples of those texts aloud. Gregg Re, Fox News, "GOP Rep. Gohmert unloads on 'smirking' Strzok: 'How many times did you look so innocent into your wife's eyes and lie to her?'," 12 July 2018 Speakers read aloud the names of the 49 people killed in the 2016 attack in Orlando, then laid roses on the grassy lawn overlooking the Washington Monument for each life lost. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "Two years after the Orlando shooting, young activists hold a die-in on the Capitol lawn," 12 June 2018 Upon receiving the verdict slip from the jury foreman, Bennett sat looking at the paper for several minutes before reading it aloud. Gabrielle Banks, Houston Chronicle, "Federal judge rejects domestic violence defense in Brazilian grandparents' kidnapping case," 5 June 2018 The following paragraph from the case law on point here was then read aloud: Disclosing the client’s name would not necessarily reveal his or her purpose in consulting attorney . . . James Freeman, WSJ, "The Hannity Standard," 19 Apr. 2018 A few friends wondered aloud whether Ilse was using me. Lisa Kanarek, Washington Post, "How a saucy, 78-year-old gambler brought me humanity," 29 June 2018 Because of that experience and all the moments like it, the image presenting my authentic self to the world (which too often calls for conformity or making myself small) took decades to formalize fully in my mind, much less to say aloud. Cameron Glover, Allure, "On Janelle Monáe and the Power of Representation for Queer Black Girls," 21 June 2018 Greinke wondered aloud if his arm would be ready for the start of the season. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Zack Greinke leaves Diamondbacks game after one inning with right groin tightness," 14 Mar. 2018 Bernard asks aloud in a glimpse of one of these interview scenes. Kathryn Lindsay,, "The Next Episode Of Westworld Could Confirm This Major Theory About Bernard," 21 May 2018

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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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Phrases Related to aloud

think aloud/out loud

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The first known use of aloud was in the 13th century

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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


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Kids Definition of aloud

: in a voice that can be clearly heard read aloud

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