English verb: sound out
|1.||sound out (communication) speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way|
|Samples||She pronounces French words in a funny way.|
I cannot say `zip wire'.
Can the child sound out this complicated word?.
|Synonyms||articulate, enounce, enunciate, pronounce, say|
|Pattern of use||Somebody ----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|
|Entail||mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize|
|2.||sound out (communication) try to learn someone's opinions and intentions|
|Samples||I have to sound out the new professor.|
|Synonyms||check out, feel out|
|Pattern of use||Somebody ----s somebody|
|Broader (hypernym)||query, question|