Definition of aloud adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    aloud

     adverb
    adverb
    BrE BrE//əˈlaʊd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈlaʊd//
     
     
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  1. 1  in a voice that other people can hear The teacher listened to the children reading aloud. He read the letter aloud to us. ‘What am I going to do?’ she wondered aloud. Which Word?loud / loudly / aloud Loudly is the usual adverb from the adjective loud:The audience laughed loudly at the joke. Loud is very common as an adverb in informal language. It is nearly always used in phrases such as loud enough, as loud as or with too, very, so, etc:Don’t play your music too loud. I shouted as loud as I could. Louder is also used in informal styles to mean ‘more loudly’:Can you speak louder? Out loud is a common adverb meaning ‘so that people can hear’:Can you read the letter out loud? He laughed out loud at his own joke. Aloud has the same meaning but is fairly formal. It can also mean ‘in a loud voice’.
  2. 2in a loud voice She cried aloud in protest.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from a- (expressing manner) + loud.Idioms to say what your thoughts are as you have them
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