Meaning of AUDIBLE in English


au ‧ di ‧ ble /ˈɔːdəb ə l, ˈɔːdɪb ə l $ ˈɒː-/ BrE AmE adjective

[ Date: 1400-1500 ; Language: Late Latin ; Origin: audibilis , from Latin audire ; ⇨ ↑ audio ]

a sound that is audible is loud enough for you to hear it OPP inaudible :

His voice was barely audible (=could only just be heard) above the roar of the crowd.

—audibly adverb

—audibility /ˌɔːdəˈbɪləti, ˌɔːdɪˈbɪləti $ ˌɒː-/ noun [uncountable]

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▪ hear to know that a sound is being made, using your ears:

There’s no need to shout – I can hear you!


Voices could be heard in the distance.

▪ listen to pay attention to something, using your ears:

I was listening to the news on the car radio.


He never listens to anything I say.

▪ make out to hear something with difficulty:

When I got closer, I could make out a human voice.


I could just make out what he was saying.

▪ overhear to accidentally hear another person’s conversation:

I overheard her say to her friend that she had lost something.

▪ catch to hear something that someone says:

Sorry, I didn’t catch your name.


I caught the last few minutes of the programme.

▪ tune in to listen to a programme – often used in announcements on the radio:

Tune in for all the latest news and views from around the world.


Thousands of people tune in to the show every week.

▪ audible adjective loud enough to be heard:

Her words were clearly audible.


an audible whisper

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