how to pronounce collateral


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collateral is pronounced in four syllables

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

“… and for the collateral that you're …”

meanings of collateral


  1. Having the phloem and xylem adjacent.
  2. Being aside from the main subject, target, or goal.
  3. Parallel, along the same vein, side by side.
  4. Coming or directed along the side.
  5. Relating to a collateral in the sense of an obligation or security.
  6. Corresponding; accompanying, concomitant.
  7. Of an indirect ancestral relationship, as opposed to lineal descendency.
  8. Expensive to the extent of being paid through a loan.
  9. Acting in an indirect way.


  1. A branch of a bodily part or system of organs.
  2. A thinner blood vessel providing an alternate route to blood flow in case the main vessel becomes occluded.
  3. Printed materials or content of electronic media used to enhance sales of products (short form of collateral material).
  4. A contemporary or rival.
  5. A collateral (not linear) family member.
  6. A security or guarantee (usually an asset) pledged for the repayment of a loan if one cannot procure enough funds to repay.

collateral frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word collateral occurs in english on average 2.7 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics collateral 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 collateral can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

words that rhyme with collateral


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