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

Examples of aloud in a Sentence

the mischievous teacher likes to call on the sleepiest-looking students to read aloud from the textbook
Recent Examples on the Web Another approach: pen a sweet letter to read aloud that your better half can later hold onto as a keepsake. WATCH Our bad! Boutayna Chokrane, Vogue, 20 Nov. 2023 On the first Tuesday of every month, members have read one or two pages aloud and discussed their interpretations. Kyle Melnick, Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2023 There was also the awkwardness of working out how to read the letter aloud. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 16 Nov. 2023 This was my second hint of the day that there’s something off about reading Roth aloud. Hannah Gold, Harper's Magazine, 3 Nov. 2023 At that point, host Tamron Hall read aloud Vanzant's quote in 2009 about surviving the death of her daughter Gemmia, who died at the age of 32 from colon cancer on Christmas Day in 2003. Alexis Jones, Peoplemag, 15 Nov. 2023 Some senders would dictate their letters to a scribe and rely on others to read letters aloud. Teresa Nowakowski, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Nov. 2023 Maya cried and grasped a rosary in her hand as the jury's decision was read aloud in court. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, 9 Nov. 2023 Reportedly, the politician-cum-fugitive had invited the king’s men into his home to read the warrant for his arrest aloud. WIRED, 7 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English, from a- entry 1 + loud

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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

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“Aloud.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aloud. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: so as to be clearly heard
read aloud

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