how to pronounce derail


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derail is pronounced in two syllables

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

“… these threatens to derail the dis …”

meanings of derail


  1. To come off the tracks.
  2. To deviate from the previous course or direction.
  3. To cause to come off the tracks.
  4. To cause to deviate from a set course or direction; derange.


  1. A device placed on railway tracks causing a train to derail.
  2. An instance of diverting a conversation or debate from its original topic.

derail frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word derail occurs in english on average 0.2 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.

topics derail 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 derail can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) transport and travel;

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