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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ahb-lout, ab-; German ahp-lout]
    • /ˈɑb laʊt, ˈæb-; German ˈɑp laʊt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ahb-lout, ab-; German ahp-lout]
    • /ˈɑb laʊt, ˈæb-; German ˈɑp laʊt/

Definitions of ablaut word

  • noun ablaut vowel gradation, esp in Indo-European languages 3
  • noun ablaut patterned change of base vowels in forms of a word or in related words to show changes in tense, meaning, etc., as in the Indo-European languages (Ex.: drink, drank, drunk) 3
  • noun ablaut (in Indo-European languages) regular alternation in the internal phonological structure of a word element, especially alternation of a vowel, that is coordinated with a change in grammatical function or combination, as in English sing, sang, sung, song; apophony. 1
  • noun ablaut A change of vowel in related words or forms, e.g., in Germanic strong verbs (e.g., in sing, sang, sung ). 1
  • noun ablaut (linguistics) The substitution of one root vowel for another, thus indicating a corresponding modification of use or meaning; vowel permutation; as, get, gat, and got; sing and song; hang and hung, distinct from the phonetic influence of a succeeding vowel. 0
  • verb ablaut (Intransitive Verb) (linguistics, of a vowel-containing linguistic component) To undergo a change of vowel. 0

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Origin of ablaut

First appearance:

before 1840
One of the 33% newest English words
1840-50; < German, equivalent to ab- off + Laut sound

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ablaut popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 75% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

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Synonyms for ablaut

noun ablaut

  • gradation — any process or change taking place through a series of stages, by degrees, or in a gradual manner.

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