how to pronounce belay


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the above transcription of belay 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.

belay is pronounced in two syllables

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

“… working on this indie belay beaded …”

meanings of belay


  1. To surround; environ; enclose.
  2. To lay aside; stop; cancel.
  3. To besiege; invest; surround.
  4. To overlay; adorn.
  5. The general command to stop or cease.
  6. To make (a rope) fast by turning it around a fastening point such as a cleat or piton.
  7. To lie in wait for in order to attack; block up or obstruct.
  8. To secure (a person) to a rope or (a rope) to a person.


  1. The securing of a rope to a rock or other projection.
  2. The object to which a rope is secured.
  3. A location at which a climber stops and builds an anchor with which to secure their partner.


  1. A surname​.

belay frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word belay occurs in english on average 0.8 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 belay 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 belay can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

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