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phonetic

adjective uk   /fəˈnet.ɪk/  us   /foʊˈnet̬-/ 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   us   /-ɪ.kəl.i/
She pronounced Leicester phonetically as "Ley-ces-ter', but really we say "Lester".
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