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[uh-loud] /əˈlaʊd/
with the normal tone and volume of the speaking voice, as distinguished from whisperingly:
They could not speak aloud in the library.
vocally, as distinguished from mentally:
He read the book aloud.
with a loud voice; loudly:
to cry aloud in grief.
Origin of aloud
1325-75; Middle English; see a-1, loud
Can be confused
allowed, allude, aloud, elude. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for aloud
  • Sync's text-to-voice technology enables the system to read aloud incoming text messages as they arrive.
  • But it has been a rare voice to speak aloud for the rights of shareholders.
  • Well, you can't legally monitor something that isn't registered anywhere or spoken aloud.
  • If you can speak aloud while working out, conventional wisdom says you are exercising at the right intensity.
  • Still, it has occurred to me lately that perhaps reading my syllabi aloud seems boring because my syllabi are boring.
  • But ministers are having second thoughts-and thinking them aloud.
  • He referenced your comment and wondered aloud whether something in the diet was potentially the source.
  • It is another to write something and hear someone else read it aloud.
  • Have representatives from each team read aloud descriptions of their event.
  • And then please do not read this list aloud during your presentation.
British Dictionary definitions for aloud


adverb, adjective (postpositive)
in a normal voice; not in a whisper
in a spoken voice; not silently
(archaic) in a loud voice
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Word Origin and History for aloud

late 14c., from a- (1) + loud.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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