how to pronounce defy


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the above transcription of defy 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.

defy is pronounced in two syllables

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

“… course another way to defy the odds is …”

meaning of defy

Defy means to go against or to go against the will of someone or something.

defy frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word defy occurs in english on average 3.1 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 defy 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 defy can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) people, society, and culture;

words with pronunciation similar to defy


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