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English definition of “phonetic”

phonetic

adjective     /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.Phonology and phonetics A spelling system can be described as phonetic if you can understand how words are pronounced simply by looking at their spelling.Lettering and alphabetsLetters of alphabets phonetically     /-ɪ.kəl.i/ adverb She pronounced Leicester phonetically as "Ley-ces-ter', but really we say "Lester".Phonology and phonetics
(Definition of phonetic adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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