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auditory

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noun au·di·to·ry \ˈȯ-də-ˌtȯr-ē\

Definition of auditory

  1. 1 archaic :  audience

  2. 2 archaic :  auditorium

Did You Know?

Auditory is close in meaning to acoustic and acoustical, but auditory usually refers more to hearing than to sound. For instance, many dogs have great auditory (not acoustic) powers, and the auditory nerve lets us hear by connecting the inner ear to the brain. Acoustic and acoustical instead refer especially to instruments and the conditions under which sound can be heard; so architects concern themselves with the acoustic properties of an auditorium, and instrument makers with those of a clarinet or piano.

Origin and Etymology of auditory

Middle English auditorie, from Latin auditorium


First Known Use: 14th century


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auditory

adjective au·di·to·ry

Definition of auditory

  1. :  of, relating to, or experienced through hearing <auditory stimuli>

auditorily

adverb

Examples of auditory in a sentence

  1. The patient has damage to the auditory nerve.

  2. <I have a bad auditory memory—unless I see a word in writing, and not just hear it, I forget it easily.>

Origin and Etymology of auditory

Late Latin auditorius


First Known Use: 1578


AUDITORY Defined for English Language Learners


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auditory

adjective au·di·to·ry

Definition of auditory for English Language Learners

  • : relating to hearing or the ears


AUDITORY Defined for Kids

auditory

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adjective au·di·to·ry \ˈȯ-də-ˌtȯr-ē\

Definition of auditory for Students

  1. :  of or relating to hearing <an auditory nerve>

Word Root of auditory

The Latin word audīre, meaning “to hear” or “to listen,” gives us the root aud. Words from the Latin audīre have to do with hearing. Anything audible is loud enough to be heard. An audience is a group of people who listen to or watch a performance. Anything auditory is related to the sense of hearing.


Medical Dictionary

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auditory

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adjective au·di·to·ry \ˈȯd-ə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr-\

Medical Definition of auditory

  1. 1:  of or relating to hearing

  2. 2:  attained, experienced, or produced through or as if through hearing <auditory images> <auditory hallucinations>

  3. 3:  marked by great susceptibility to impressions and reactions produced by acoustic stimuli <an auditory individual>


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auditory

noun au·di·to·ry

Medical Definition of auditory

plural

auditories



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