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English verb: sound out

1. sound out (communication) speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way


SamplesShe pronounces French words in a funny way.
I cannot say `zip wire'.
Can the child sound out this complicated word?.


Synonymsarticulate, enounce, enunciate, pronounce, say


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)accent, accentuate, aspirate, click, devoice, drawl, explode, flap, labialise, labialize, lilt, lisp, mispronounce, misspeak, nasalise, nasalise, nasalize, nasalize, palatalise, palatalize, raise, retroflex, roll, round, sibilate, sound, stress, subvocalise, subvocalize, syllabise, syllabize, trill, twang, vocalise, vocalise, vocalize, vocalize, voice, vowelise, vowelize


Entailmouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize

2. sound out (communication) try to learn someone's opinions and intentions


SamplesI have to sound out the new professor.


Synonymscheck out, feel out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)query, question









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