how to pronounce cliff


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An example use of cliff in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… time over this cliff edge here I want …”

meanings of cliff


  1. A neighbourhood, The Cliff, in the Metropolitan Borough of Salford, Greater Manchester, England (OS grid ref SD8201).
  2. A small settlement on the Isle of Lewis, Western Isles council area, Scotland, appearing on OS maps as Cliobh (OS grid ref NB0835).
  3. A surname​.
  4. A census-designated place in Grant County, New Mexico, United States.
  5. A diminutive of the male given name Clifford or Clifton.
  6. A hamlet in North Warwickshire district, Warwickshire, England (OS grid ref SP2198).
  7. An unincorporated community and coal town in Floyd County, Kentucky, United States.


  1. A point where something abruptly fails or decreases in value etc.
  2. A vertical (or nearly vertical) rock face.
  3. Obsolete form of clef.

cliff frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word cliff occurs in english on average 11.4 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics cliff can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that cliff can be often used in the following areas:

1) leisure and entertainment;

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