Definition of lip-read in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlɪpriːd/


[no object]
(Of a deaf person) understand speech from observing a speaker’s lip movements: the deaf child was taught to speak and lip-read [with object]: she could lip-read commands from her instructor (as noun lip-reading) most teachers of the deaf favour lip-reading over sign language
More example sentences
  • He had no idea what was being said because it was dark and he couldn't lip-read, and he was being spoken to in Hindi, which he couldn't understand.
  • But throughout his arrest and trial, Ian was left unable to communicate as he could not lip-read Hindi or read Hindi documents and no interpreter was provided.
  • It was as if he was lip-reading while he listened, making sure nothing went unheard.



Pronunciation: /lɪpˈriːdə/
Example sentences
  • The only place where someone might stumble upon such vocabulary is in edited-for-television versions of films, where only lip-readers catch the real sense of the scene's intensity.
  • He also points out a bit of censorship when one line proved too hot for the dialogue track, though it's there for lip-readers.
  • Sparing no expense, we hired a top lip-reader to interpret just what passed between them last week.

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