Definition of lip-read in English:

lip-read

(also lipread)

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • (of a deaf person) understand speech from observing a speaker's lip movements.

    • ‘Speak slowly and face the swimmer when giving instructions to facilitate lip-reading.’
    • ‘She lip-reads, and at home little Elliott often helps with his finger spelling when his mum cannot make out a consonant.’
    • ‘Katie's hearing began to deteriorate in 1997 and she had to rely on hearing aids and lip-reading.’
    • ‘He's talking to her, and from what I can tell from my knowledge in lip-reading, it's something about the dishwasher.’
    • ‘The trick was to keep her eyes on his lips, so she could maybe lip-read what he said too softly to hear.’
    • ‘In addition, if I was talking to someone who couldn't sign, I would have to lip-read and that can be very difficult.’
    • ‘He had no idea what was being said because it was dark and he couldn't lip-read, and he was being spoken to in Hindi, which he couldn't understand.’
    • ‘Karen was born hearing impaired and learned to lip-read but, after her hearing failed completely in October 2002, she decided to have the operation when she discovered she was eligible for treatment.’
    • ‘Although the effectiveness of cochlear implants varies, they do restore some useful hearing that can enhance lip-reading and sometimes provide a good level of speech understanding, sufficient for conversing by telephone.’
    • ‘She has 20% hearing in her left ear and 80% in her right, but this is barely perceptible because her speech is unaffected and she lip-reads (she does not use a hearing aid).’
    • ‘The reality is that she will learn to lip-read and it is up to the people around her to try to understand how to speak.’
    • ‘‘Sorry,’ I slipped into the seat next to Greg, ‘I'm not so good at lip-reading.’’
    • ‘But throughout his arrest and trial, Ian was left unable to communicate as he could not lip-read Hindi or read Hindi documents and no interpreter was provided.’
    • ‘It was as if he was lip-reading while he listened, making sure nothing went unheard.’
    • ‘We have worked with women in the past who could lip-read but no-one who could sign.’
    • ‘Community supports are also provided including sign language classes and lip-reading to improve communication skills.’
    • ‘And lip-reading classes will teach people who are hard of hearing how to read lip patterns in order to better understand the words being said.’
    • ‘Instead, she wants her daughter to lip-read and speak.’
    • ‘If she could have lip-read I think she would have understood!’
    • ‘For people who have experienced hearing loss at a later age, lip-reading (watching a person's mouth movements to understand what they are saying) is a very useful tool.’

Pronunciation:

lip-read

/ˈliprēd/