how to pronounce lest


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the above transcription of lest is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

lest is pronounced in one syllable

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

“… them she tells me lest we count that …”

meanings of lest


  1. That (without the negative particle; introduces the reason for an emotion.).
  2. For fear that; that not; in order to prevent something from happening; in case.

lest frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word lest occurs in english on average 7.8 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 lest 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 lest can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) people, society, and culture;

words with pronunciation similar to lest


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