Basic+ Word of the Day: loud

loud (adjective, adverb) LISTEN

The concert was very loud.

If something is loud, it means that it makes a lot of noise.

  • The music at the concert was very loud.

If you say or read something out loud, it means that you don’t just think the words; you speak them so that people can hear you.

  • Can you read this part out loud?

Common uses

When we want to say that we understood what someone said, we sometimes say that we heard them loud and clear. We usually do this when someone is telling us to do something and we don’t like it. For example, “I want you to do your homework before you watch TV. Do you hear me, Chris?” “Yes, I hear you. Loud and clear!”

In pop culture

Do you know the song “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran? It’s about love and wanting to be with someone forever. When Ed Sheeran says, “I’m thinking out loud,” it means that he’s thinking of something and then saying it straight away to the other person.

There are other meanings of loud.

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