how to pronounce ray


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ray is pronounced in one syllable

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

“… almost like an x-ray which allows you to …”

meanings of ray


  1. A line extending indefinitely in one direction from a point.
  2. Array; order; arrangement; dress.
  3. A tiny amount.
  4. A radiating part of a flower or plant; the marginal florets of a compound flower, such as an aster or a sunflower; one of the pedicels of an umbel or other circular flower cluster; radius.
  5. A rib-like reinforcement of bone or cartilage in a fish's fin.
  6. Alternative form of re.
  7. One of the spheromeres of a radiate, especially one of the arms of a starfish or an ophiuran.
  8. A marine fish with a flat body, large wing-like fins, and a whip-like tail.
  9. Sight; perception; vision; from an old theory of vision, that sight was something which proceeded from the eye to the object seen.
  10. A beam of light or radiation.
  11. The letter ⟨/⟩, one of two which represent the r sound in Pitman shorthand.


  1. To stain or soil; to defile.
  2. To radiate as if in rays.
  3. To emit something as if in rays.
  4. To arrange.
  5. To dress, array (someone).


  1. A diminutive of the male given name Raymond, also used as a formal given name.
  2. A region and satrapy in ancient Iran located between the Alborz and Zagros mountain ranges and the Dasht-e Kavir desert; Rhagiana.
  3. A diminutive of the female given name Rachel, more often spelled Rae.
  4. A surname.
  5. A city near Tehran, Iran.

ray frequency in english - B2 level of CEFR

the word ray occurs in english on average 22.6 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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

1) life, nature, and living environment;

words with pronunciation similar to ray


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