how to pronounce tic


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the above transcription of tic 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.

tic is pronounced in one syllable

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

“… what inspired you to start tic toc …”

meanings of tic


  1. A sudden, nonrhythmic motor movement or vocalization.
  2. Ticket.
  3. Something that is done or produced habitually or characteristically.
  4. Initialism of tourist information centre.
  5. Total invested capital.
  6. Initialism of tenancy in common.
  7. Initialism of (an additional offence) taken into consideration.


  1. To exhibit a tic; to undergo a sudden, semi-voluntary muscle movement.

tic frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word tic occurs in english on average 1.1 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 tic 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 tic can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

2) communication, information, and media;

3) transport and travel;

words with pronunciation similar to tic


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