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"phonetic" in British English

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phoneticadjective

uk   /fəˈnet.ɪk/ us   /foʊˈnet̬.ɪk/ specialized
using special signs to represent the different sounds made by the voice in speech: Pronunciations are shown in this dictionary using the International Phonetic Alphabet.
A spelling system can be described as phonetic if you can understand how words are pronounced simply by looking at their spelling.

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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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