how to pronounce basketball


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the above transcription of basketball 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.

basketball is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of basketball in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… catch the short basketball players …”

meanings of basketball


  1. A sport in which two opposing teams of five players strive to put a ball through a hoop.
  2. The particular kind of ball used in the sport of basketball.

basketball frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word basketball occurs in english on average 2.1 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 basketball 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 basketball can be often used in the following areas:

1) leisure and entertainment;

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