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adjective ad hoc pronunciation in American English /ˌæd ˈhɑk/
  1. done only when needed for a specific purpose, without planning or preparation
    She has a very ad hoc approach to management.
    on an ad hoc basis: Members of the committee are elected on an ad hoc basis.

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 ad hoc pronunciation in American English adverb


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