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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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  • She read it aloud: it asked for the pleasure of their company at luncheon.

  • Then aloud he demanded, with hauteur: “Who do you wish to see, lady?”

    A Little Miss Nobody Amy Bell Marlowe
  • "This is an unexpected obstacle," says he, aloud, but to himself.

    David Balfour, Second Part Robert Louis Stevenson
  • He said aloud, 'Never mind, Uncle, if it makes you feel bad.'

  • Mary obeyed, and taking out a much soiled, blotted letter, Mrs. Campbell asked her to read it aloud.

    The English Orphans Mary Jane Holmes
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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