how to pronounce undertone


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the above transcription of undertone 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.

undertone is pronounced in three syllables

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

“… because that's like my undertone and it …”

meanings of undertone


  1. An auditory tone of low pitch or volume.
  2. A pale colour, or one seen underneath another colour.
  3. A low state of the physical faculties.
  4. An implicit message perceived subtly alongside, but not detracting noticeably from, the explicit message conveyed in or by a book, film, verbal dialogue or similar (contrast with overtone); an undercurrent.


  1. To say or speak in an undertone.
  2. To accompany as an undertone.
  3. To present as less important, noticeable or prominent.

undertone frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word undertone occurs in english on average 0.9 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 undertone 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 undertone can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

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