how to pronounce seconds


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the above transcription of seconds 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.

seconds is pronounced in two syllables

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

“… texas's power grid was seconds and …”

meanings of seconds


  1. Plural of second.
  2. An item of clothing that has failed quality control and is sold at a discount.
  3. A second helping, second serving of food for one person; refill of coffee or other drink.
  4. Any article of merchandise of a grade inferior to the best; especially, a coarse or inferior kind of flour.


  1. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of second.

seconds frequency in english - B1 level of CEFR

the word seconds occurs in english on average 55.9 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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