how to pronounce countdown


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the above transcription of countdown 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.

countdown is pronounced in two syllables

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

“… listening to a countdown before liftoff …”

meanings of countdown


  1. The acts of preparation carried out during this period.
  2. A count backward in fixed units to the time of some event, especially the launch of a space vehicle.
  3. A radio or television program counting down the top songs of a given week, usually in reverse order ending with the No. 1.


  1. To count down.

countdown frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word countdown occurs in english on average 1.2 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.

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