how to pronounce lye


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the above transcription of lye 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.

lye is pronounced in one syllable

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

“… I could see traces of lye still clinging …”

meanings of lye


  1. Potassium or sodium hydroxide (caustic soda).
  2. An alkaline liquid made by leaching ashes (usually wood ashes).
  3. A short side line, connected with the main line; a turn-out; a siding.


  1. Obsolete spelling of lie.
  2. To treat with lye.

lye frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word lye 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 lye 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 lye can be often used in the following areas:

1) life, nature, and living environment;

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