\ 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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The final frame of the short shows Meghan and Harry in their nursery, sitting next to Archie’s crib, while Pooh listens to the Duchess of Sussex read aloud. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Were Given a Beautiful Gift From Disney for Their Son, Archie Harrison," 10 May 2019 Some researchers have wondered aloud whether this is a scam. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Crypto Exchange Founder's Untimely Death Leaves $190 Million Locked Away in Limbo," 4 Feb. 2019 When words appear on the screen and are read aloud, the narrative advances, empowering kids to navigate their own journey. Lizzie Garrett Mettler, Vogue, "With Wonderscope, a Tech Company Attempts the Unthinkable: Healthy Screen Time for Kids," 14 Nov. 2018 Peters ponders aloud, resting his chin in his palm. Andy Benoit,, "Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters: How a Pair of High-End Corners Could Give the Rams the Edge," 20 June 2018 Names of the Palestinians who died Monday were read aloud, followed by a moment of silence. Alaa Elassar, ajc, "Georgia activists march for the freedom of Palestine, denounce Israel," 17 May 2018 As each name was read aloud, a family member, friend or advocate stepped up to light a candle. Jim Stingl, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stingl: Unlikely artist and video star is among the Milwaukee homeless remembered at St. Ben's ceremony," 11 May 2018 Scouts and analysts have wondered aloud about his passion, taking a cue from his lack of expression on the court. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "As Romeo Langford's family calmly nears college decision, other coaches keep recruiting," 26 Apr. 2018 If someone will read it to you aloud, Light Years by James Salter. Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler, "Designer Autumn Hrubý On Taking the Best of Travel Home with You," 9 Feb. 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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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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