phonetic

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adjective pho·net·ic \fə-ˈne-tik\

Definition of phonetic

  1. 1 :  representing the sounds and other phenomena of speech: as a :  constituting an alteration of ordinary spelling that better represents the spoken language, that employs only characters of the regular alphabet, and that is used in a context of conventional spelling b :  representing speech sounds by means of symbols that have one value only c :  employing for speech sounds more than the minimum number of symbols necessary to represent the significant differences in a speaker's speech

  2. 2 a :  of or relating to spoken language or speech sounds b :  of or relating to the science of phonetics

phonetically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of phonetic in a sentence

  1. the phonetic units of a language

  2. This dictionary uses the International Phonetic Alphabet.

  3. Spanish is a more phonetic language than English.

Did You Know?

The English alphabet is phonetic—that is, the letters represent sounds. The Chinese alphabet, however, isn't phonetic, since its symbols represent ideas rather than sounds. But even in English, a letter doesn't always represent the same sound; the "a" in cat, father, and mate, for example, represents three different sounds. Because of this, books about words often use specially created phonetic alphabets in which each symbol stands for a single sound in order to represent pronunciations.

Origin and Etymology of phonetic

New Latin phoneticus, from Greek phōnētikos, from phōnein to sound with the voice, from phōnē voice


First Known Use: 1803

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PHONETIC Defined for English Language Learners

phonetic

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adjective pho·net·ic \fə-ˈne-tik\

Definition of phonetic for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to spoken language, speech sounds, or the science of phonetics

  • : representing each speech sound with a single symbol

  • : using a system of written symbols that represent speech sounds in a way that is very close to how they actually sound


PHONETIC Defined for Kids

phonetic

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adjective pho·net·ic \fə-ˈne-tik\

Definition of phonetic for Students

  1. :  of or relating to spoken language or speech sounds


Medical Dictionary

phonetic

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adjective pho·net·ic \fə-ˈnet-ik\

Medical Definition of phonetic

  1. 1a:  of or relating to spoken language or speech soundsb:  of or relating to the science of phonetics

  2. 2:  representing the sounds and other phenomena of speech

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