\ 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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In the video, shared on Instagram and Twitter, Chrissy reads aloud to Luna one of her childhood books. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Chrissy Teigen Just Gave Us a Hilarious Insight Into Her Childhood," 30 Jan. 2019 Latin America’s auto market, though recovering, remains a slog—so much so that GM Chief Executive Mary Barra wondered aloud last week how long the company can afford to remain there. Mike Colias, WSJ, "U.S. Auto Makers Hit Speed Bumps Abroad," 13 Jan. 2019 As Benjamin, the only white male in the office, is about to ascend, his coworkers take turns airing grievances, offering him congratulations, sneaking in final furtive trysts, and wondering aloud about the injustices of their respective fates. Dmitry Samarov, Chicago Reader, "Refrigerator is a chilling look into the near future," 25 May 2018 Newgarden is a neatnik, an organizer, someone who wonders aloud about his OCD tendencies. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Josef Newgarden's beautiful mind needs to go faster and faster," 24 May 2018 As the carriage grew closer, Perreau wondered aloud if the new duchess would recognize her. Temi Adebowale, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Spotted Her Old Drama Teacher During the Royal Carriage Ride," 19 May 2018 And, although Schuldt wondered aloud whether Carter would be able to transition from the comfort and familiarity of Goldfish to other pools, Sobush said her son is already talking about swimming in his aunt's pool this summer. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School help child with special needs," 7 May 2018 According to the driver's individual preference, the directions are read aloud and displayed simultaneously on BMW's 10.2-inch high-resolution display. G.e. Anderson, Popular Mechanics, "Will Google Maps Win the Turn-by-Turn Nav War in Cars?," 28 June 2010 Cosby apologists have wondered aloud—is Cosby facing consequences that powerful white men like Harvey Weinstein have not had to? Kirsten West Savali, The Root, "For the ‘But-But-But What About Harvey Weinstein?!’ Brigade When Bill Cosby Being Found Guilty Is Too Much," 28 Apr. 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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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


\ 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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