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[lip-reed] /ˈlɪpˌrid/
verb (used with object), lipread
[lip-red] /ˈlɪpˌrɛd/ (Show IPA),
lipreading [lip-ree-ding] /ˈlɪpˌri dɪŋ/ (Show IPA)
to understand spoken words by interpreting the movements of a speaker's lips without hearing the sounds made.
verb (used without object), lipread
[lip-red] /ˈlɪpˌrɛd/ (Show IPA),
lipreading [lip-ree-ding] /ˈlɪpˌri dɪŋ/ (Show IPA)
to use lipreading.
Compare speechread.
Origin of lipread
1890-95; lip + read1
Related forms
lipreader, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for lipread
  • Maybe they thought you could lipread or that with a cochlear implant, you could hear.
  • His lipreading skills are above average and he is able to lipread with limited comprehension in one-on-one conversations.
  • The management staff themselves are deaf who lipread, use speech and sign fluently.

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