megaphone

noun
mega·​phone | \ ˈme-gə-ˌfōn How to pronounce megaphone (audio) \

Definition of megaphone

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a cone-shaped device used to intensify or direct the voice

megaphone

verb
megaphoned; megaphoning; megaphones

Definition of megaphone (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to transmit or address through or as if through a megaphone

intransitive verb

: to speak through or as if through a megaphone

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Other Words from megaphone

Noun

megaphonic \ ˌme-​gə-​ˈfä-​nik How to pronounce megaphonic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of megaphone in a Sentence

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Rather than wait until after the global quadrennial, the defending World Cup champions chose the run-up to the tournament to pick up a megaphone and shout, via a 25-page legal complaint, that they are being treated unfairly because of their gender. Liz Clarke, Anchorage Daily News, "U.S. women’s soccer team is fighting two battles — for a World Cup title, and for equality," 11 June 2019 Rather than wait until after the global quadrennial, the defending World Cup champions chose the run-up to the tournament to pick up a megaphone and shout, via a 25-page legal complaint, that they are being treated unfairly because of their gender. Liz Clarke, courant.com, "USWNT fights for equal pay as it fights to defend World Cup title," 3 June 2019 But also no: Storytelling is not simply a megaphone for those in positions of power and privilege. National Geographic, "Could a woman walk around the world today?," 5 Apr. 2019 The megaphone used to blare the audio likely wasn’t heard in the West Wing, but protesters and others nearby either wept or stood silently in the rain. Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post, "Protesters rally outside White House and Justice Department to oppose family separations at border," 22 June 2018 Entities with bigger media megaphones then give hyperlocal posters a broader reach. Dwight Silverman, Houston Chronicle, "Google tests Bulletin, an app for reporting local news," 26 Jan. 2018 One Lady Sybil Grant, the eccentric daughter of the Fifth Earl of Rosebery, spent much of her time in a trailer or up a tree communicating with her butler through a megaphone. Moira Hodgson, WSJ, "‘The Quest for Queen Mary’ Review: Mum’s the Word," 10 Feb. 2019 In other words, the Trump megaphone rallies those who will vote and turns off some who might not. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Trump’s Midterm Known Unknowns," 23 Jan. 2018 Why Vegas for this next Eataly location?We felt that Vegas could be an amazing megaphone for our message, because basically, 100 percent of Americans will eventually go once in their life to Vegas. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Inside Eataly Vegas, a 24-Hour Foodie Paradise," 11 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of megaphone

Noun

1878, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1901, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for megaphone

Noun

mega- + -phone entry 1

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The first known use of megaphone was in 1878

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megaphone

noun

English Language Learners Definition of megaphone

: a cone-shaped device used to make your voice louder when you speak through it

megaphone

noun
mega·​phone | \ ˈme-gə-ˌfōn How to pronounce megaphone (audio) \

Kids Definition of megaphone

: a device shaped like a cone that is used to direct the voice and increase its loudness

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