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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
Middle English word dating back to 1325-75; See origin at a-1, loud
Can be confused
allowed, allude, aloud, elude. Unabridged
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  • He did me the honor to repeat it aloud; but the Minister's answer was not heard.

  • You are all in a flush, now, and have lain down this sheet and said aloud: 'What an idea!

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • Then aloud he repeated the question, touching the bookmaker on the elbow.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • Then she went in, but she said aloud to herself, "They're all for you—" and she whispered his name.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • "It is certain that no one can have touched the bank-note in this office, sir," he said aloud.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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