sound out


sound out
verb
1. speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way
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She pronounces French words in a funny way

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I cannot say `zip wire'

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Can the child sound out this complicated word?

Syn: ↑pronounce, ↑articulate, ↑enounce, ↑enunciate, ↑say
Derivationally related forms: ↑enunciation (for: ↑enunciate), ↑articulative (for: ↑articulate), ↑articulatory (for: ↑articulate), ↑articulation (for: ↑articulate), ↑articulator (for: ↑articulate), ↑pronunciation (for: ↑pronounce)
Hyponyms:
twang, ↑devoice, ↑raise, ↑lilt, ↑palatalize, ↑palatalise, ↑nasalize, ↑nasalise, ↑mispronounce, ↑misspeak, ↑aspirate, ↑voice, ↑sound, ↑vocalize, ↑vocalise, ↑retroflex, ↑subvocalize, ↑subvocalise, ↑syllabize, ↑syllabise, ↑drawl, ↑round, ↑labialize, ↑labialise, ↑lisp, ↑stress, ↑accent, ↑accentuate, ↑vowelize, ↑vowelise, ↑click, ↑trill, ↑sibilate, ↑flap, ↑explode, ↑roll
Entailment: ↑talk, ↑speak, ↑utter, ↑mouth, ↑verbalize, ↑verbalise
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

2. try to learn someone's opinions and intentions
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I have to sound out the new professor

Syn: ↑check out, ↑feel out
Hypernyms: ↑question, ↑query
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s somebody

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[verb]
probe, canvass, pump, question, see how the land lies

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ˌsound ˈout [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they sound out he/she/it sounds out present participle sounding out past tense sounded out past participle sounded out] phrasal verb
to try to find out someone’s opinions, ideas, feelings etc by talking to them

Candidates will be sounding out voters during the months before the election.

Thesaurus: to ask for, or to receive advicesynonym to try to find out informationsynonym
Main entry: sound

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sound out [phrasal verb]
sound (someone or something) out or sound out (someone or something) : to try to find out the opinions of someone by asking questions

They sounded me out on the idea. [=they asked me what I thought about the idea]

polls that sound out public opinion

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Main Entry:sound

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • sound out — PHRASAL VERB If you sound someone out, you question them in order to find out what their opinion is about something. [V P n (not pron)] He is sounding out Middle Eastern governments on ways to resolve the conflict... [V n P] Sound him out… …   English dictionary

  • sound out — {v.} To try to find out how a person feels about something usually by careful questions. * /Alfred sounded out his boss about a day off from his job./ * /When you see the coach, sound him out about my chances of getting on the basketball team./… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • sound out — {v.} To try to find out how a person feels about something usually by careful questions. * /Alfred sounded out his boss about a day off from his job./ * /When you see the coach, sound him out about my chances of getting on the basketball team./… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • sound\ out — v To try to find out how a person feels about something usually by careful questions. Alfred sounded out his boss about a day off from his job. When you see the coach, sound him out about my chances of getting on the basketball team. Syn.: feel… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • sound out — (Roget s IV) v. Syn. probe, feel out, sound, feel, put out a feeler*, send up a trial balloon*, run it up the flag pole*, see how the land lies*, get the lay of the land*, see which way the wind blows*; see also examine 1 , experiment 2 …   English dictionary for students

  • sound out — if you ll just sound them out, you might learn something useful Syn: investigate, test, check, examine, probe, research, look into; canvass, survey, poll, question, interview, sample; informal pump …   Thesaurus of popular words