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phoneticadjective

uk   /fəˈnet.ɪk/  us   /foʊˈnet̬.ɪk/ specialized
using ​specialsigns to ​represent the different ​sounds made by the ​voice in ​speech: Pronunciations are ​shown in this ​dictionary using the International Phonetic Alphabet.
A ​spellingsystem can be ​described as phonetic if you can ​understand how words are ​pronouncedsimply by ​looking at ​theirspelling.

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adverb uk   /fəˈnet.ɪ.kəl.i/  us   /foʊˈnet̬.ɪ.kəl.i/
She ​pronounced Leicester phonetically as "Ley-ces-ter', but really we say "Lester."
(Definition of phonetic from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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phoneticadjective [not gradable]

 us   /fəˈnet̬·ɪk/
English, grammar relating to the ​sounds made in ​speaking
(Definition of phonetic from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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