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sound out

vb
(tr, adverb) to question (someone) in order to discover (opinions, facts, etc)
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.sound out - speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way; "She pronounces French words in a funny way"; "I cannot say `zip wire'"; "Can the child sound out this complicated word?"
twang - pronounce with a nasal twang
devoice - utter with tense vocal chords
raise - pronounce (vowels) by bringing the tongue closer to the roof of the mouth; "raise your `o'"
lilt - articulate in a very careful and rhythmic way
palatalise, palatalize - pronounce a consonant with the tongue against the palate
nasalise, nasalize - pronounce with a lowered velum; "She nasalizes all her vowels"
nasalise, nasalize - speak nasally or through the nose; "In this part of the country, people tend to nasalize"
mispronounce, misspeak - pronounce a word incorrectly; "She mispronounces many Latinate words"
aspirate - pronounce with aspiration; of stop sounds
vocalize, voice, vocalise, sound - utter with vibrating vocal chords
retroflex - articulate (a consonant) with the tongue curled back against the palate; "Indian accents can be characterized by the fact that speakers retroflex their consonants"
subvocalise, subvocalize - articulate without making audible sounds; "she was reading to herself and merely subvocalized"
syllabise, syllabize - utter with distinct articulation of each syllable; "The poet syllabized the verses he read"
drawl - lengthen and slow down or draw out; "drawl one's vowels"
labialise, labialize, round - pronounce with rounded lips
lisp - speak with a lisp
accent, accentuate, stress - put stress on; utter with an accent; "In Farsi, you accent the last syllable of each word"
vowelise, vowelize, vocalise, vocalize - pronounce as a vowel; "between two consonants, this liquid is vowelized"
click - produce a click; "Xhosa speakers click"
trill - pronounce with a trill, of the phoneme `r'; "Some speakers trill their r's"
sibilate - pronounce with an initial sibilant
flap - pronounce with a flap, of alveolar sounds
explode - cause to burst as a result of air pressure; of stop consonants like /p/, /t/, and /k/
roll - pronounce with a roll, of the phoneme /r/; "She rolls her r's"
2.sound out - try to learn someone's opinions and intentions; "I have to sound out the new professor"
query, question - pose a question
Translations
يُحاوِل مَعْرِفَة أفكار وخُطَط الشَّخْص
sondovat
høre hvad har at sige
kipuhatol
komast aî skoîunum/áætlunum e-s
sondovať
ağız aramak

w>sound out

vt sep personaushorchen, ausfragen; intentions, opinionsherausfinden, herausbekommen; to sound somebody out about or on somethingbei jdm in Bezug auf etw (acc)vorfühlen

sound3

(saund) verb
to measure the depth of (water etc).
ˈsounding noun
1. (a) measurement of depth of water etc.
2. a depth measured.
3. (an) act of trying to find out views etc.
sound out
to try to find out someone's thoughts and plans etc. Will you sound out your father on this?
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