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verb     whisper pronunciation in American English
/ˈwɪspər/    whisper pronunciation in American English
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present tense
present participlewhispering
past tensewhispered
past participlewhispered
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive]Sound effect to say something very quietly so that other people cannot hear you

    “When can I see you again?” he whispered softly.

    Stop whispering, you two!

    “Over here!” she whispered urgently.

    whisper (something) to someone:

    Pop whispered a warning to us to keep quiet.

    whisper (something) in someone’s ear:

    “That’s Tim,” she whispered in my ear.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to tell other people a piece of news or information that may or may not be true

    The workers have been whispering about more layoffs.

    whisper that:

    Some people have whispered that he offered her a job in return for her silence.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] literary to make a quiet gentle sound
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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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