Definition of utterance in English:

utterance

noun

  • 1A spoken word, statement, or vocal sound.

    ‘he whispered, as if to lend his utterances an added confidentiality’
    • ‘The new coach gives little away in his facial manner or public utterances.’
    • ‘Our advice is that they should avoid negative utterances in their speeches and be careful in their deeds.’
    • ‘At times like this, as we grope to express our feelings, we all tend to fall back on the simplest of utterances.’
    • ‘His most important utterance on the subject came in a speech in Indianapolis in July 1999.’
    • ‘Like most seasoned politics-watchers, I had assumed that behind her every utterance was a calculating, self-advancing steel-eyed operator.’
    • ‘His most sensible utterance came when he insisted: ‘Our children need to understand, at home and at school, that life is not always fair and that it will, from time to time, deal them hard blows.’’
    • ‘Here is what the Spanish Prime Minister-elect had to say in virtually his first public utterance following the election.’
    • ‘My reaction to that utterance led to an open and scorching debate.’
    • ‘There can be no question that the church assumed itself capable of authoritative prophetic utterances.’
    • ‘Her utterances and observations captivate him.’
    • ‘What we get now is a Leader who has been so thoroughly media managed that every utterance is an opportunity to ‘establish and reiterate key messages’.’
    • ‘Instead, public utterances are invariably dictated by self-interest, political expediency, and/or ideology.’
    • ‘Currency traders around the world were listening to every utterance by the Federal Reserve Chairman on where the world's most powerful economy was heading.’
    • ‘Presently, the agency can only fine broadcast stations up to $27, 500 per utterance and have to warn the individuals who violate the rules before a penalty can be imposed.’
    • ‘Nobody understands a word I say, my every utterance greeted with blank looks.’
    • ‘So often we are subjected to erroneous and incorrect statements and irresponsible utterances from ignorant and unauthorised sources.’
    • ‘His bizarre word rhythm and gleeful disregard for punctuation makes even his most banal utterances sound dramatic.’
    • ‘His every move and utterance will be scrutinised and analysed.’
    • ‘The rest of the book supports and explains this cryptic utterance.’
    • ‘For this dangerous utterance she received a ten-year sentence.’
    remark, comment, word, expression, statement, observation, declaration, pronouncement
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    1. 1.1mass noun The action of saying or expressing something aloud.
      ‘the simple utterance of a few platitudes’
      • ‘Blatant cheating is considered less offensive than the utterance of odious words.’
      • ‘Only at this time of year can you truly claim to have been touched by the cold magic that is invoked by the mere utterance of the word ‘Alaska’.’
      • ‘It's what every mother dreams of, next to hearing that first utterance of ma-ma and the later cooing of I love you at early ages.’
      • ‘Each and every further utterance of these feeble claims, simply illustrates the ignorance and contempt in which these people view the military.’
      • ‘The months of pain and anguish all came flooding back to her with the utterance of that one word.’
      • ‘Speech (the utterance of a well-formed sentence in a particular situation) establishes three kinds of relation to reality.’
      • ‘One definition of singing is' the utterance of words or sounds in tuneful succession '.’
      • ‘The mere utterance of the word liberal is now met by scorn and derision.’
      • ‘He said that lawmakers should be extremely vigilant about foul language ‘for the light utterance of shameful words leads soon to shameful actions.’’
      • ‘Faith is not just the utterance of words, however, but a firm belief and conviction with one's mind and heart.’
      voicing, saying, speaking, expression, delivery, sounding, mouthing, breathing, articulation, enunciation, verbalization, vocalization
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    2. 1.2Linguistics An uninterrupted chain of spoken or written language.
      • ‘Grammarians and purists put far more stock in ‘logical’ usage than empirical evidence suggests is supported by actual utterances.’
      • ‘Adjacency pairs are patterns of two successive utterances, spoken by different speakers, in which the second part of the adjacency pair is relevant and expectable.’
      • ‘Any utterance, in these languages, must terminate in a vowel, and adjacent consonants are disallowed.’
      • ‘These kinds of utterances are normal everyday instances of language use for the individuals concerned.’
      • ‘Spoken utterances are composed of a sequence of a rather small number of unit sounds.’

Pronunciation

utterance

/ˈʌt(ə)r(ə)ns/