Definition of utterance in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈədərəns/


1A spoken word, statement, or vocal sound.
Example sentences
  • His bizarre word rhythm and gleeful disregard for punctuation makes even his most banal utterances sound dramatic.
  • So often we are subjected to erroneous and incorrect statements and irresponsible utterances from ignorant and unauthorised sources.
  • At times like this, as we grope to express our feelings, we all tend to fall back on the simplest of utterances.
1.1The action of saying or expressing something aloud: the simple utterance of a few platitudes
More example sentences
  • Each and every further utterance of these feeble claims, simply illustrates the ignorance and contempt in which these people view the military.
  • It's what every mother dreams of, next to hearing that first utterance of ma-ma and the later cooing of I love you at early ages.
  • One definition of singing is' the utterance of words or sounds in tuneful succession '.
1.2 Linguistics An uninterrupted chain of spoken or written language.
Example sentences
  • Any utterance, in these languages, must terminate in a vowel, and adjacent consonants are disallowed.
  • These kinds of utterances are normal everyday instances of language use for the individuals concerned.
  • Grammarians and purists put far more stock in ‘logical’ usage than empirical evidence suggests is supported by actual utterances.

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Syllabification: ut·ter·ance

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