\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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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 In 2012, for example, a representative of Greece’s ultra-right Golden Dawn party read a portion of the text aloud in the Greek parliament. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "The centuries-old history of Jewish “puppet master” conspiracy theories," 2 Nov. 2018 Inside the secure room, staffers read the report aloud to senators. Vivian Salama, WSJ, "Secrecy Shrouds Senators as They View Kavanaugh Report," 4 Oct. 2018 Marcelo Ebrard, who is slated to become Mexico's foreign minister, read the letter aloud to reporters gathered at Lopez Obrador's political party headquarters. Amy Guthrie, Fox News, "Mexican president-elect vows improvements to deter migration," 22 July 2018 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

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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


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Kids Definition of aloud

: in a voice that can be clearly heard read aloud

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