how to pronounce ratchet


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the above transcription of ratchet 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.

ratchet is pronounced in two syllables

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

“… sort of ratchet that up and add more …”

meanings of ratchet


  1. A procedure or regulation that goes in one direction, usually up.
  2. A ratchet wrench.
  3. A mechanism composed of a ratchet wheel, or ratch and pawl.
  4. A pawl, click, or detent for holding or propelling a ratchet wheel, or ratch, etc.


  1. To increment or decrement.
  2. To cause to become incremented or decremented.


  1. Ghetto; unseemly, indecorous.

ratchet frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word ratchet occurs in english on average 0.9 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 ratchet 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 ratchet can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

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