aud·​ing ˈȯ-diŋ How to pronounce auding (audio)
: the process of hearing, recognizing, and interpreting spoken language

Word History


aud- (in auditory entry 2) + -ing entry 1

Note: The term was introduced by the California educator Don Brown; its first use by Brown in a publication was perhaps in "Teaching Aural English," English Journal, vol. 43 (September, 1950), pp. 128-36, though it was reported earlier from an unpublished manuscript (see H.A. Anderson, "Educational News and Editorial Comment," The School Review, vol 57, no. 2 [February, 1949], p. 66). Brown's intention was apparently to have a word that bore the same relation to hearing and listening as reading does to seeing and looking.

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of auding was in 1949

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Cite this Entry

“Auding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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